A man was arrested by Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Pacific Community police Monday, May 22nd, after he allegedly drove a vehicle reported “lost” into Westchester and struck two other vehicles, including a police car, in an attempt to flee, police said.
The man, identified by police only as a Hispanic male in his 20s, was taken into custody without incident after police surrounded him at Lincoln and Loyola Boulevards in Westchester Monday afternoon.
Police were expecting to file an assault with a deadly weapon charge against the man for allegedly using his vehicle to strike other vehicles with passengers inside.
The incident began at about 3:30 p.m. in the Tarzana area, where LAPD West Valley officers had checked the man’s vehicle license plate number and found that the car was reported “lost” from a rental car agency, police said.
Officers followed the Ford pickup truck onto the freeway but eventually lost sight of the vehicle, LAPD Pacific Lt. Phil Fontanetta said.
A helicopter tracked the vehicle onto the San Diego Freeway (I-405) and the driver continued to head south, eventually leaving the freeway.
LAPD Pacific officers located the vehicle and a “short vehicle pursuit occurred,” Fontanetta said.
Police followed the vehicle southbound on Lincoln Boulevard to Loyola Boulevard in Westchester, where the driver stopped at a traffic light in front of a bowling alley, Fontanetta said.
The driver then allegedly struck a vehicle in front of him with three passengers in an attempt to move the vehicle out of the way, Fontanetta said.
The man then allegedly put the car in reverse and struck a police car, at which point his vehicle came to a stop and police arrested him, Fontanetta said.
Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics were called to the scene and treated the passengers in the other vehicle for complaint of injury, he said.
Lincoln Boulevard southbound was closed from Manchester Avenue to Loyola Boulevard for one hour following the incident.