Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) police arrested a man near the Mar Vista Recreation Center in Mar Vista Tuesday morning, August 7th, after he led officers on a vehicle pursuit from the North Hills area, police said.
The man, whose identity had not been released at Argonaut press time, led school police on a chase through northeastern San Fernando Valley city streets and onto the San Diego Freeway (Interstate 405) before pulling over on a residential street near McLaughlin Avenue and Palms Boulevard in Mar Vista, Los Angeles school police said.
Police arrested the man without incident at 9:29 a.m. He was booked for reckless driving, various traffic violations and failure to yield to police, a felony, said Deputy Chief Michael Bowman of the Los Angeles School Police Department Valley West Bureau.
The incident started at about 8:52 a.m., when school police saw the man allegedly driving recklessly near Monroe High School, at Nordhoff Street and Haskell Avenue in the North Hills area, Bowman said.
The driver then went through a red traffic light and school police attempted to pull his vehicle over but he failed to stop, police alleged.
A vehicle pursuit then ensued as the man drove at high rates of speed through residential areas, running numerous stop signs and traffic lights and also drove into oncoming traffic, police allege.
The pursuit continued onto the San Diego Freeway southbound, at which point the vehicle traveled at a “steady” speed of about 60 miles per hour, Bowman said.
The driver eventually left the freeway and traveled into the Mar Vista community, where he surrendered to police, he said.
Police searched his 1990 Chrysler but found no suspicious items. No accidents or injuries occurred as a result of the pursuit, Bowman said.
“By all accounts, it went very safely,” Bowman said of the pursuit.
The man, who was on probation, appeared to have no violations other than reckless driving prior to the pursuit, Bowman said.
“It’s just a lack of good common sense,” Bowman said.