Alleged Carjacker Taken Into Custody After Pomona Police Pursuit, Crash in La Verne

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Pomona police take an alleged carjacker into custody on Jan. 30, 2015, in La Verne. (Credit: KTLA)

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An alleged carjacker was in custody after leading Pomona police on a chase that ended in a collision in La Verne and three other people being hospitalized Friday afternoon, authorities said.

At least a dozen police cars were at the scene of the crash, where a silver Honda SUV appeared to have T-boned a silver Acura sedan about 2 p.m., aerial video showed.

The chase began when police got the call that a 55-year-old woman had been carjacked in downtown Pomona about 1:45 p.m., according to a Pomona Police Department news release.

She was removed from the vehicle by the carjacker but was not physically injured,  police said.

The stolen vehicle -- a Honda -- was then spotted by police on northbound Garey Avenue. The driver pulled over but then sped away from officers, who gave chase.

The pursuit traveled north into La Verne, with the Ontario Police Department helicopter overhead.

About 4 miles from the carjacking location, the pursuit ended a crash at the 1900 block of Bonita Avenue (map), according to Pomona Police Department Lt. Ronald McDonald.

The driver "resisted" at the scene, and a Taser was used on him, the police news release stated.

Authorities responded to a crash that ended a pursuit in La Verne on Jan. 30, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)
Authorities responded to a crash that ended a pursuit in La Verne on Jan. 30, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

Officers wearing blue gloves surrounded and restrained driver, who was down on the ground, with one officer standing on the man’s calves, aerial video from Sky 5 showed.

The La Verne Fire Department treated three victims at the scene, two of whom had minor injuries. One victim was airlifted from the scene with "chest trauma," according to the release.

The alleged carjacker was taken to a hospital for examination prior to booking, according to police. He was later identified as later identified as 37-year-old Anthony Epolito.

Just feet from where Epolito allegedly T-boned the Acura, another vehicle, a silver Nissan sedan, was also crashed, aerial video showed. The driver's side door of the Nissan appeared to have been torn open.

Debris from the crash was scattered across the intersection, which is next to the University of La Verne and close to the La Verne Police Department.

KTLA's Crystal Garcia contributed to this article.

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