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Solar Energy Worker Leads Police on Pursuit in Utility Truck

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BURBANK, Calif. (KTLA) — A police pursuit involving a worker at a local solar energy company ended after the driver crashed into another vehicle.

It began around 4:30 p.m. Monday as a possiblesolar-pursuit DUI after police received a call of a man in a work van driving erratically.

Officers tried to pull over the driver of the American Solar Direct van, but he refused to stop.

Instead, the man led officers on a slow chase along surface streets for about 18 minutes — into Sun Valley and back through Burbank.

The chase ended on Buena Vista St. after the van rear-ended another car, spinning it off the road and into a front yard.

At that point, the suspect pulled over and gave up. No one was injured.

American Solar Direct issued a statement saying they were shocked by the employee’s actions and they are “cooperating with authorities regarding the unauthorized actions today involving one of its service technicians and a company vehicle.”

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