Two men wanted for questioning in a concealed-weapon investigation were arrested Friday morning after leading officers in a pursuit from South Los Angeles through Harbor Gateway and into Rancho Palos Verdes, police said.

The pursuit began around 2:15 a.m. after officers on patrol in South Los Angeles spotted a silver Mercedes Benz. They believed the same car had been involved in a pursuit Wednesday after a witness reported seeing someone place a firearm, possibly a MAC-10 submachine gun, in the back, said Lt. Manny Santoyo of the Los Angeles Police Department's 77th Street Station.

The driver of the car had eluded police Wednesday night, and officers who tried to pull over a car matching the vehicle's description on Thursday broke off pursuit when the driver began speeding dangerously.

The Mercedes was spotted again early Friday morning in Watts, but officers lost track of the car, Santoyo said.

An LAPD air unit, however, spotted the vehicle and followed it as it sped southbound, then northbound on the San Diego (405) Freeway, he said. The car then got on the southbound Harbor (110) Freeway and exited in Harbor Gateway with the helicopter and patrol cars in pursuit, Santoyo said.

The Mercedes jumped a curb and hit a garage in the 2100 block of Redondela Drive in Rancho Palos Verdes, and the driver and a passenger fled on foot, he said.

Officers chased down both men, in their late 20s, and arrested them around 3 a.m., he said, adding a loaded shotgun was found in the back of the Mercedes.

- City News Service