Man Charged in Valinda Police Pursuit and Crash That Injured 8, Including Baby

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A pursuit crash injured several people in Valinda on July 18, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

A 26-year-old La Puente man was charged Tuesday in connection with a police pursuit that ended in a three-car collision in Valinda, leaving eight people, including a baby, injured, authorities said.

Robert Anthony Lopez was charged with three counts of fleeing police and causing serious bodily injury, two counts related to driving under the influence, and one count of driving on a suspended license, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Lopez was previously convicted of driving with a .08 percent blood alcohol content or more and reckless driving in 2015, the release stated.

On July 18, West Covina police officers saw a man, later identified as Lopez, driving an Acura over the speed limit and failing to brake at a stop sign, according to the release.

The officers chased the Acura north on Avington Avenue, then west on Francisquito Avenue. When the Acura approached the intersection of Francisquito and Walnut avenues, the car ran a stop sign and collided with a Nissan Maxima and a Ford Expedition, according to the West Covina Police Department.

A woman and her two daughters, ages 7 years and 8 months old, were traveling in the Maxima.  They were all transported to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center with serious injuries, police said at the time.

Two men and two women in the Expedition were also transported to local hospitals.

Lopez had to be extricated from his vehicle, the DA’s office stated. He was treated and then arrested, police said.

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