SHERMAN OAKS—Reports of a stolen vehicle led to a high-speed chase on Friday, September 25, at approximately 10:10 p.m. as police pursued an unidentified suspect.
The chase began in North Hollywood at approximately 9:45 p.m., where the vehicle had allegedly been reported as stolen. The suspect proceeded to drive from North Hollywood and headed north on Sepulveda Boulevard in Sherman Oaks. Reports indicate that the suspect was driving at around 100 mph.
Police chased the vehicle for nearly 30 minutes until the suspect sped through the intersection of Magnolia and Sepulveda. The suspect’s car was struck by an oncoming silver Sedan that collided into the right side the suspect’s stolen vehicle and caused the suspect to lose control.
The suspect then slammed into a line of cars at a traffic light on the opposite side of the road. The suspect’s vehicle ricocheted off of the cars it had collided into, creating sparks before finally swerving across Sepulveda Boulevard about 100 yards and crashing into a wall.
A female suspect, who had been riding with the male driver, immediately ran out of the vehicle holding a small child. The male and female suspect were immediately arrested and taken into custody by police.
A victim who was driving a red SUV was struck first in the row of cars stopped in traffic and had to be extricated from her vehicle by several firefighters. “It took 20 minutes to get her out,” stated Ambika Leigh, another victim of the car crash.
Another child, also in a vehicle next to the red SUV, sustained minor injuries from the collision. No life-threatening injuries have yet been reported. A total of seven vehicles were said to have been involved in the crash.