A car chase tore through downtown Los Angeles last night, ending with a crash, a standoff, and a need to close the interstate.
It all started around 9:45 pm. Reports came in to the California Highway Patrol describing how a man was holding some sort of item out his vehicle’s window. Police officials caught up with the vehicle near Via Verde on westbound Interstate 10. The cops attempted to pull the car over to the side of the road, but the man refused to oblige. Instead, he hit the gas and the chase was on.
The suspect vehicle reached speeds of more than 100 miles per hour. The chase went from the 10 to the northbound 101. It was on this interstate near Alameda Street that the suspect’s car crashed into another vehicle. The police took the opportunity to surround the vehicles, and a few minutes later, the fleeing man exited his car and the police took him into custody.
As a result of the wreck and ensuing investigation, the cops were forced to close the highway in both directions. The lanes headed south reopened at 10:50, but it took longer to open the opposing side so that officers could search for the object the man was holding yet threw out the window.
As a car accident attorney in Oakland, I know how dangerous high speed chases can be. I urge everyone out there to stay safe out on the roads when a vehicle is driving erratically. In my experience as an Oakland personal injury lawyer, I find it’s best to err on the side of caution.