WEST HOLLYWOOD—On Wednesday, October 3, a male driver was arrested for a suspected DUI after he ran his vehicle into a crowd of people outside of the Whiskey A Go-Go establishment. The driver has been identified as Brandon Baker-Grey.
Detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department West Hollywood Station reviewed surveillance footage of the crash and noticed the driver had a Lyft sticker on his vehicle, but he was not working for the company at the time of the crash.
The incident occurred on Tuesday, October 2, where at 11:50 p.m. authorities responded to a report of a vehicle collision on the 8900 block of Sunset Boulevard. Baker-Grey was speeding in a Volkswagen Jetta northbound on San Vicente Boulevard, when he tried to make a left turn on Sunset Boulevard causing him to swerve onto the sidewalk. He hit a metal pole that held up the awning and crashed into the crowd of people, injuring four people. Three were transported to a local hospital with minor injuries, the LASD indicated in a press release.
According to reports, Baker-Grey’s blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit to operate a vehicle.
Lyft released the following statement in an email:
“Although this individual was not driving on the Lyft platform at the time of the incident, the safety of the community is our top priority. We have permanently removed this individual from the Lyft platform, and stand ready to assist in any law enforcement investigation.”
The collision is under investigation by the West Hollywood Sheriff’ Station Traffic Division.
Investigators are asking anyone who may have witnessed this collision to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station at 310-855-8850. For those wishing to provide information anonymously, call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 MOBILE APP” on Google Play or the App Store, or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org