High Speed Pursuit Suspect Tries to Ram CHP Officer

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Man Arrested for Attempting to Ram CHP Officer

One person is now in custody on Monday morning after a high speed chase in the San Fernando Valley area. According to the CHP (California Highway Patrol)’s news release, the chase began pretty early in the day. The pursuit started after a California Highway Patrol Officer had spotted a black Ford Explorer was traveling very fast, at least 100 m.p.h. or faster on the 101 Freeway in the Agoura area.

CHP Officer Tries to Stop Speeding Suspect

The California Highway Patrol Officer, tried to make the speeding vehicle stop, however the driver refused to pull over. That is when the chase began, according to the released statement. At one point of the chase, the Ford driver allegedly tried to ram the California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer that was on a patrol motorcycle and had recently joined the pursuit. The authorities initially reported that the Ford SUV driver had been trying to ram the patrol car.

The chase remained on the 101 Freeway. The chase went through some city streets before the authorities had lost sight of the Ford SUV at 8:48 in the morning. LAPD got an air unit to arrive near the scene to search for the vehicle. Luckily the LAPD Air unit spotted the SUV and CHP officers immediately resumed the pursuit after the Ford SUV went back to 101 Freeway.

Almost an hour after the chase began, the SUV left the 101 Freeway at Reseda Boulevard and then ended up colliding with two other vehicles. According to Officer David Galbraith from the Lost Angeles Police Department, there were no injuries due to the speeding vehicle.

After the crash, a video had showed that the patrol cars blocked the SUV from escaping while the officers had their guns drawn and then swarmed the vehicle. The driver  is forty year old man from the Santa Clarita area. After taking the suspect into custody, police learned that the suspect had two outstanding warrant charges for his arrest. One of the charges include, assault with a deadly weapon.

Source: https://ktla.com/2014/08/25/authorities-involved-in-pursuit-in-san-fernando-valley/

Daniel A. Gibalevich
DAG Law Firm

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