A woman is dead and eight other people were hospitalized in a nine-vehicle crash following a pursuit in Long Beach on Tuesday night.
The suspect was identified as Chaz Lamar Long, 39, of Antioch, by the Seal Beach Police Department.
Long has been charged with murder, felony evading causing serious injury and child endangerment for hitting and killing a woman and seriously injuring three others during a wrong-way pursuit.
The incident began after an officer tried pulling over a female driver in Seal Beach near 5th Street and Marina Drive at about 8 p.m., according to the Seal Beach Police Department.
When the officer’s back was turned, a male passenger inside the car, Long, jumped into the driver’s seat and sped away with the woman and a baby still inside the vehicle, police said.
Long was driving at high speeds when he crashed near the intersection of East Pacific Coast Highway and 2nd Street around 8:05 p.m., officials said.
The collision involved eight other vehicles, leaving one person, a 74-year-old woman, dead and eight others injured, authorities confirmed.
Sky5 footage shows the impact sent vehicles spinning in all directions, hurling debris across the roadway near an In-N-Out restaurant.
Following the crash, the suspect tried running away on foot, but officers used a stun gun to take him into custody, said Lt. Julia Clasby of the SBPD.
“It was later discovered that the suspect had an outstanding federal no-bail warrant for weapons violations,” police said.
Inside Long’s vehicle were an infant and a female passenger, police said. The female was injured and transported to a local hospital while the infant appeared uninjured, though the baby was taken to the hospital as a precaution.
Authorities found at least one person trapped inside another vehicle that required extrication.
Anyone who may have witnessed this collision is asked to contact Detective Joseph Johnson at 562-570-7355.
Anonymous tips may be submitted through Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visiting LACrimeStoppers.org.