If you think things looked tense from the sky, down here on the streets things were down right scary.
With this driver tearing around like a maniac, a few families told me they were worried he would crash through their homes.
It all ended right here along this road.
“He deliberately placed his vehicle into reverse and backed into our car letting his tires exceed speed and spin as he crashed into our cars.”
An afternoon in south L.A. turned into a demolition derby.
Police chased a man in the stolen white van you see here for miles as they say he tried to outrun them.
“We came outside because of the helicopters. We saw when he crashed.”
The driver burned rubber in front of Diana Lopez’s house and crashed into a man in his SUV.
“He was just nervous. He was just scared. He was shaking because of the impact.”
Neighbors tell me the man went to the hospital.
Police took the van down with spike strips. Watch as this officer pops two of the vehicle’s tires.
The driver was careless, dangerous, and aggressive.
Police say they tried to back off on the pursuit to allow the driver to slow down, keeping people on the streets safe… it didn’t work.
“He showed disregard for public safety. He actually increased his speeds. He blatantly drove through red lights and stop signs.”
With around a dozen police and civilian cars banged up and smashed by the van’s driver, officers finally stopped him on Vermont Avenue at 43rd place.
They tackled him to the ground and made the arrest.
Right now investigators are checking if the man was high on drugs and, or alcohol.
– Steve Kuzj, KTLA News