SHERMAN OAKS—On Wednesday, April 29, a man driving a white sports car led Los Angeles Police Department officers on a high-speed car chase, beginning at around 10 p.m. The pursuit ended in Sherman Oaks, where the suspect got out of his car and was tackled by undercover police officers and held down by bystanders.
The chase began in Tarzana near Tampa Avenue and the 101 Freeway. The suspect was reportedly driving in circles around a lone woman, and began driving recklessly when officers tried to get him to pull over. He sped through city streets, making a detour through the busy parking lot of a hospital, and eventually getting on the 101. The car reached speeds of 110 miles per hour.
The suspect exited the freeway at Ventura Boulevard and left his car in front of a Courtyard Marriott hotel. He ran through the hotel, where plainclothes police were conducting a prostitution investigation. The undercover officers chased after the suspect and were able to catch him with the help of four citizens.
In an interview with KTLA, one of the intervening bystanders said, “In the moment, we just thought about the children that live in this area, and we reacted.” The bystander also mentioned that the suspect was armed with a gun.
The suspect now faces several charges including reckless driving, felony evading, and possibly automobile theft. No one was injured during the chase.