Driver arrested on DUI, reckless driving charges after chase ends in crash in North Hollywood

and ABC7.com staff
Thursday, October 05, 2017 08:41AM
Firefighters were treating multiple patients at the scene of a multi-car collision in North Hollywood.


NORTH HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES - A short police chase ended in a multi-vehicle crash in North Hollywood that sent the suspect and others to the hospital Wednesday night, police said.

The chase involving two motorcycle officers lasted less than a minute before the suspect smashed into three other vehicles at Vineland Avenue and Victory Boulevard around 9:30 p.m.

Police were seen on video drawing their guns as they approached the vehicle. The suspect was extricated from his vehicle, taken into custody and transported to a hospital, as was another driver. Their injuries were described as non-life-threatening.

Two passengers in the suspect's vehicle were also transported with minor injuries.

"I'm grateful, thank God," said crash victim Kristy Orellana, who was in a Toyota with her mother when an airbag exploded in her face. "I just can't express how grateful I am to be here and talking to you."

Police said the suspect in the chase, who has not been identified, was originally wanted for reckless driving and suspicion of DUI.

Witness Peter Lopez said he was at a nearby park when he saw the two officers initiate the chase.

"It took the red light and all you hear was a bang. That's all I see and that's all I heard. You could hear it from the park, just sounded like a big thud," he said.

The investigation was ongoing.
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