Driver of Stolen Vehicle Leads LAPD on Chase That Ends in Van Nuys Crash

Los Angeles police chased a stolen Chevrolet Volt in the eastern San Fernando Valley until the pursuit ended in a crash in Van Nuys Monday afternoon.

Smoke rises from a Chevy Volt after a pursuit ended in a crash in Van Nuys on Oct. 31, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

Smoke rises from a Chevy Volt after a pursuit ended in a crash in Van Nuys on Oct. 31, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

The car was stolen and the pursuit began about 3:09 p.m., Los Angeles Police Department Officer Sal Ramirez said. He had no other details about the chase.

The sedan left a strip mall parking lot in the Sherman Oaks area, reversing onto surface streets with black-and-white police vehicles in pursuit.

The Chevy Volt narrowly missed several other vehicles, cut cars off and sped through traffic, aerial video from Sky5 showed.

At one point, the car turned into another parking lot and was seemingly trapped by an LAPD vehicle, but the driver squeezed past the police car and escaped.

The driver of a stolen vehicle is brought to the ground after a pursuit ends in Van Nuys on Oct. 31, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

The driver of a stolen vehicle is brought to the ground after a pursuit ends in Van Nuys on Oct. 31, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

About 3:40 p.m., the vehicle pulled into an enclosed parking lot and then, trying to escape, crashed into an approaching LAPD SUV. Smoke rose from the Volt’s hood.

The driver did not immediately exit, and the car was surrounded by police near Burnet Avenue and Keswick Street.

An officer bashed the vehicle’s window in, and the driver was pulled out and handcuffed.

LAPD Officer Mike Lopez said police used bean bag rounds, but he didn’t know if any rounds actually struck the driver.

The young man was frogmarched along the sidewalk and sat down on the curb, apparently in pain. He was taken to a hospital for evaluation, Lopez said.

KTLA’s Jennifer Thang contributed to this article.

The driver of a stolen vehicle is handcuffed after a pursuit ends in Van Nuys on Oct. 31, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

The driver of a stolen vehicle is handcuffed after a pursuit ends in Van Nuys on Oct. 31, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)