4 People in Custody After Freeway Pursuit Ends in Sylmar Crash

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Four people were taken into custody after a high-speed freeway chase led to surface streets and then a crash in front of a Sylmar church Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

Several vehicles were wrecked following a pursuit that ended in Sylmar on Jan. 6, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

Several vehicles were wrecked following a pursuit that ended in Sylmar on Jan. 6, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

The California Highway Patrol pursuit of a stolen white Dodge Charger started shortly before 1 p.m. on the 14 Freeway near Agua Dulce Canyon Road in Santa Clarita after the vehicle was determined to be stolen, according to CHP Officer Todd Cookston, who chased the car.

The 15-minute pursuit traveled down the southbound 14 and 5 freeways, exiting onto surface streets in the northeastern San Fernando Valley.

The Charger veered through freeway traffic at extreme speeds, then reached 80 mph and ran through red lights on surface streets, Cookston said.

"The vehicle used all four lanes of travel to pass people, including the shoulder, going up to 125 mph," Cookston said.

The driver crashed the car into another vehicle in the area of Hubbard Street and Herrick Avenue (map), where several vehicles were wrecked, aerial video showed.

Three people ran from the vehicle after the crash and were quickly caught. Two men and two women in their 20s were taken into custody, Cookston said. Immediately after the crash, a CHP spokesman had initially said only two people were taken into custody.

A man and woman were taken into custody in Sylmar after a pursuit on Jan. 6, 2015, according to CHP. (Credit: KTLA)

A man and woman were taken into custody in Sylmar after a pursuit on Jan. 6, 2015, according to CHP. (Credit: KTLA)

A shirtless, handcuffed man was lying on the sidewalk, and another man was handcuffed to a wheelchair and then taken to an ambulance, aerial video showed. A handcuffed woman was sitting on the curb.

Debris was scattered across the sidewalk, and the white Charger appeared to have crashed through a fence and come to a stop on a patch of grass in front of a church.

Stolen items were found within the car, Cookston said.

Ruben Castro, the driver of another vehicle that was struck by the Charger, was hospitalized. He said he had pain in his chest, knees and back.

KTLA's Jennifer Thang contributed to this article.

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