Suspected carjacker drives off cliff Thelma & Louise style in bid for freedom, gets busted anyway (VIDEOS)

When deputies in Santa Cruz County responded to reports of a man firing a handgun in the air, little did they realize what they were in for, as they quickly became embroiled in a Hollywood-worthy high-speed car chase.

At around 3:30pm local time on Tuesday, police received reports of a man shooting a handgun in the air, but before they could even reach the scene, they received reports that a man with the same description had now hijacked a car in the area and sped off. GTA Santa Cruz was apparently underway.

The responding local deputies attempted to stop the car but were unsuccessful and had to let the local police department take over the 100mph (160kph) chase. However, the suspect took things a little too far when trying to evade the cops and eventually got a little too up close and personal with the gorgeous Santa Cruz scenery.

It seems the adrenaline pushed the man over the edge, literally and figuratively, as shortly after 4pm the speed demon drove off the edge of a cliff, plunging the pilfered Honda into the Pacific.

The man miraculously survived the fall, managed to escape the sinking car only to be taken into custody at gunpoint by armed police. Rescue swimmers were drafted in to ensure there was no one trapped in the vehicle and no injuries were reported from the entire incident.

Some weren’t happy that the suspect was pursued at all, though they seemingly weren’t concerned about any falling bullets the man might have fired up in the air prior to leading the police on a high speed chase on land, air and finally sea.

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End of CHAZ: Seattle police arrest remaining protesters after mayor orders violence-plagued encampment to shut down

Seattle police have begun clearing out the so-called “autonomous zone” created by Black Lives Matter protesters. Those who refused to vacate the area have been arrested, the police force said.

A live feed shows the remaining protesters attempting to hold their ground near the East Precinct, which was abandoned by police last month. At least thirteen arrests have been made so far.

Officers can be heard advising demonstrators to leave the barricaded encampment around the Capitol Hill neighborhood, known as CHAZ and CHOP, or face detention.

Mayor Jenny Durkan had earlier issued a public safety emergency order to vacate the area. Police Chief Carmen Best said in a statement that her officers were moving in after “weeks of violence” in and around the protest zone.

Since its formation on June 8, the camp saw four shootings that resulted in multiple injuries and two deaths.

“The CHOP has become lawless and brutal. Four shootings – two fatal – robberies, assaults, violence and countless property crimes have occurred in this several block area,” Best wrote. She stressed that her department would work with demonstrators to “build trust” and “begin meaningful dialogue about reenvisioning public safety in our community.”

Durkan had sent heavy machinery to remove concrete barricades set up around the zone by protesters, after a group of demonstrators rallied outside her residence. The mayor also called for a probe of a city council member, who allegedly leaked her private address to protesters.

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The city has been heavily criticized for allowing the encampment to remain in place. A lawsuit brought by nearby businesses accused Durkan and her administration of “enabling” the protesters. Durkan herself had originally described the lawless zone as a “peaceful expression of our community’s collective grief.”

Photographs and videos show cops dressed in riot gear moving through the largely abandoned streets. In one clip, a small group of demonstrators shout at the police as they clear out the area.

The self-declared “autonomous zone” sprung up following nationwide protests over the killing of Minneapolis resident George Floyd, who died while in police custody. Demonstrators sealed off several streets near the police’s East Precinct after law enforcement abandoned the building. Although initially praised for its festive mood, the area quickly descended into anarchy, with crime and violence becoming especially bad at night.

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‘I urge you not to annex’: UK PM Johnson warns Netanyahu annexation of West Bank parts would violate international law

Boris Johnson has urged Israel not to plough ahead with plans to annex parts of the occupied Palestinian territories, warning PM Benjamin Netanyahu that the UK wouldn’t “recognize any changes to the 1967 lines.”

Writing in the Israeli newspaper Yediot Aharonot on Wednesday, British PM Johnson made his plea on the day Netanyahu had marked as the earliest date to establish sovereignty over parts of the West Bank.

Describing himself as a “passionate defender of Israel,” Johnson revealed that he had followed proposals to annex occupied Palestinian territory “with sadness,” and warned that if carried out, it would “represent a violation of international law.”

I profoundly hope that annexation does not go ahead. If it does, the UK will not recognize any changes to the 1967 lines, except those agreed between both parties.

The Six-Day War in 1967 between Israel and its Arab neighbors saw Israelis capture significant territorial gains in the West Bank, Gaza, Golan Heights, and the Sinai Peninsula up to the Suez Canal. The Sinai Peninsula was returned to Egypt as part of the 1979 peace deal with Israel.

Johnson insisted that the UK had often been in a small minority of countries at the UN in “defending Israel against unwarranted and wholly disproportionate criticism,” claiming annexation would be a “gift” to those that sought to “perpetuate old stories” about the Israeli state.

“There is another way,” Johnson urged, pushing for the resumption of peace talks between Palestinians and Israelis. He conceded that there are huge challenges standing in the way of a lasting peace settlement between the two sides, but stressed a solution needed to be found “that allows for justice and security for both Israelis and Palestinians.”

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In words that may raise eyebrows among Palestinians around the world, the UK prime minister said that he welcomes the “commitment” that US President Donald Trump has shown in trying to find a way forward.

Trump’s 180-page ‘deal of the century’, officially known as the ‘Vision for Peace, Prosperity, and a Brighter Future for Israel and the Palestinian People’ bill – published in January – put forward proposals that were widely seen as benefiting Israelis with Palestinian factions denouncing it as dead on arrival.

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Both the UN and the EU have condemned Israel’s annexation plans. In recent days, the UN’s top human rights official, Michelle Bachelet, has warned that the move would undermine peace efforts, saying: “even the most minimalist form of annexation would lead to increased violence and loss of life,” while Brussels has previously claimed it “would constitute a serious violation of international law.”

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