06. Freeway Chase Ends at Newsstand
A 24-year-old Los Angeles man was taken to
hospital and then to county jail after leading
on a one-hour freeway chase in a stolen
. The chase ended in downtown Los Angeles in
of the Spring Hotel. Most of the chase
uneventful, except for an empty bottle of whiskey
the driver threw at one police vehicle.
driver got into downtown, things started to happen.
ran over a fire hydrant. The water spewed
of the hydrant, causing a geyser that ruined
the books in several carts that a vendor
put outside to attract customers into his bookstore.
driver hurriedly turned west onto Grand Avenue and
to bang into three parked cars on one
of that street and two cars on the
side. The driver also tried to run over
police officer, who was standing in the crosswalk
him to halt.
Turning north, the driver caused
bus to slam on its brakes to avoid
collision. The bus was empty, and the bus
was uninjured. However, two police cars that were
the SUV from different directions were not so
. One of them ran into the front of
bus, and the other into the back. Because
drivers had braked early enough, the damage to
cars was minor. Both officers resumed the chase.
only went two blocks north to find that
SUV had come to a full stop because
had plowed into a newspaper stand. The driver,
was not wearing a seatbelt, was slumped behind
steering wheel. The proprietor of the newsstand was
at the driver and shaking a magazine at
. The police called for the ambulance. They charged
driver with failure to yield to a police
and driving under the influence.