LOS FELIZ—Two men behind the wheel of a stolen vehicle were taken into custody after a high-speed police pursuit through the Los Angeles area on June 28.
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s deputies identified a white Ford F-150 pickup truck as a stolen vehicle and law enforcement officials trailed the suspects until the pursuit came to a halt in Los Feliz.
The chase began at approximately 2:15 p.m. at the 5 Freeway and Hasley Canyon Road in the Castaic area – deputies who were originally dispatched to search for a holdup suspect in Canyon County were re-directed to intercept the stolen vehicle.
Deputies trailed the truck onto Interstate 5 in Castaic, which is when the pursuit was turned over to California Highway Patrol Officers.
CHP officials pursued the suspects south through the Newhall Pass and into the San Fernando Valley at approximately 2:45 p.m. The fleeing pickup truck reached upwards of 100 mph, according to law enforcement officials.
The pursuit ended 15 minutes later, just before 3 p.m., when the driver of the pickup tried to exit the freeway and struck a silver Acura SUV near Griffith Park, sending the SUV spiraling into a tailspin, and leaving the pickup stuck within the lanes of Los Feliz Boulevard.
The driver was apprehended immediately by authoriies, but the passenger jumped out of the truck to flee. He ran towards homes in the Crystal Springs area, prompting law enforcement officials to continue the chase on foot. The fleeing suspect was apprehended minutes later on Griffith Park Boulevard and Lambeth Street.
Both suspects were taken into custody on suspicion of possessing a stolen vehicle. The names of the suspects have not yet been disclosed to the public.
According to KTLA, the truck was left unattended on Los Feliz Boulevard causing two lanes of traffic to be blocked off just before rush hour. No injuries were reported during the chase.