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Pursuit Suspect Slams into Venice Restaurant

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VENICE, Calif. (KTLA) — A police pursuit came to a dramatic end in Venice when the suspect hit a bicyclist before slamming into a restaurant.

pursuit-crashThe pursuit began around 8:30 p.m. Sunday at Speedway and 20th Street when the driver, a parolee, made an illegal U-turn, according to police.

The chase ended at Lincoln Boulevard and Vernon Avenue. The suspect lost control, hitting a bicyclist and then plowing into Wurstkuche restaurant.

The suspect, the bicyclist and three others were hospitalized. None of the injuries were believed to be life-threatening.

Police said the suspect is facing charges of felony hit and run and felony evading.

The restaurant was shut down due to structural damage. Lincoln Boulevard was closed for a time near Vernon for the investigation.

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