The man was speeding near Atlantic Avenue and Imperial Highway on Monday when he smashed his car into the rear end of a vehicle, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.
The impact knocked both vehicles into the intersection, where they hit a third vehicle.
The suspect fled but was taken into custody on a nearby street, according to the department.
“It is alleged that the suspect was under the influence on nitrous oxide at the time of the collision,” department officials said in a statement.
They said a cylinder possibly containing the gas was found in the man’s vehicle.
The man’s name was not released.
The victims sustained injuries described by authorities as moderate to serious.
-Los Angeles Times