101 Freeway Reopens Through East Hollywood After Pursuit of Stolen SUV Ends in Fiery Crash

A pursuit ended in a fiery crash on the 101 Freeway in East Hollywood Monday, prompting the closure of all northbound lanes, authorities said.

The lanes were reopened around 9:30 p.m., more than two hours after a stolen SUV crashed and caught fire near the Melrose Avenue exit.

The pursuit started at around 7:08 p.m. on Rampart Boulevard and Third Street in the Westlake neighborhood of Los Angeles, when police started chasing the suspect who was committing burglaries in a stolen vehicle, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Mike Lopez said.

Los Angeles Fire Department officers at the scene where a vehicle was charred black after catching fire on the 101 Freeway on Jan. 28, 2019.

Los Angeles Fire Department officers at the scene where a vehicle was charred black after catching fire on the 101 Freeway on Jan. 28, 2019.

A stolen weapon was found inside the car, according to LAPD.

“Officers were on patrol when they observed the vehicle,” LAPD Sgt. Werner Flores said. “The car came back stolen and the suspect was also wanted for a burglary that occurred in Santa Monica."

Aerial footage from Sky 5 showed the vehicle collide into a median divider and catch fire on the freeway, ending the pursuit at around 7:20 p.m.

The flames started at the hood, and then spread to engulf more than half of the vehicle.

A hand-cuffed man believed to be the suspect that lead police on a pursuit that ended in a fiery crash on Jan. 28, 2019.

A hand-cuffed man believed to be the suspect that lead police on a pursuit that ended in a fiery crash on Jan. 28, 2019.

Responding officers took the driver into custody and were seen attempting to put out fire and render aid.

Los Angeles Fire Department officers arrived at the scene and extinguished the blaze.

The suspect suffered minor injuries and "was refusing further medical attention," Sgt. Flores said.

Video from the scene showed that the suspect may have suffered a head injury.

Authorities did not identify the suspect.

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