Driver Who Injured Scooter Rider While Leading Authorities on Wild Pursuit From West L.A. to Camp Pendleton Is Charged

An Inglewood man who injured a scooter rider while he led authorities on a wild multi-county pursuit now faces multiple charges, Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office officials announced Friday.

Karl Flores, 34, has been charged with fleeing a pursuing police officer causing serious bodily injury and hit-and-run resulting in injury to another person in connection with the Jan. 3 incident. He also faces two misdemeanor counts of hit-and run-driving resulting in property damage.

The pursuit began in Culver City as police were trying to make a traffic stop on Flores. The suspect allegedly crashed into a man riding a scooter and subsequently ran over him, prosecutors said.

During the chase, Flores managed to avoid multiple PIT maneuvers causing two police patrol vehicles to be damaged, according to a criminal complaint. Flores allegedly drove erratically from the Westside through Orange County until he stopped along the 5 Freeway in Camp Pendleton. Flores was eventually taken into custody after a standoff.

A CHP spokesman described Flores as a veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Flores is scheduled to be arraigned on Friday. His bail was set at $175,000 and faces more than eight years in prison if convicted as charged.