A CHP officer crashed his squad car into a house during a terrifying high speed police chase across several California communities. According to Mercury News the chase began around 10 a.m., when a police officer tried to stop a motorist for driving east on Interstate 580 at speeds of more than 100 mph. The fleeing driver desperately tried evading pursuing officers in his Dodge economy car, even smashing into police cars to throw them off his trail.
The suspect finally was apprehended after violently crashing his vehicle into a police cruiser. The cruiser barreled into a house, while the suspects car petered out and came to stop in a residential street. Officers jumped on the suspect as he tried to flee the scene on foot. Authorities released a statement that the suspect had several outstanding warrants and was in possession of a handgun. He was taken to a local hospital to receive medical treatment for minor car crash injuries before being transported straight to jail.
As a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer I urge motorists to always pull over and stop when instructed by police officers. Fleeing from the law carries a heavy fine and the possibility of serving a long prison sentence. Police pursuits often put officers, the fleeing suspect, and unsuspecting pedestrians and bystanders at high risk of suffering preventable injuries. If you or a loved one ever suffer an accident injury due to the negligence or irresponsibility of another person, call an experienced car accident lawyer for a free case evaluation.