3 hospitalized after high-speed pursuit ends in rollover crash in Echo Park

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Three people were hospitalized with traumatic injuries after a high-speed pursuit ended with the suspect’s vehicle crashing into a power pole and overturning in Echo Park Thursday afternoon, officials said.

The driver of the car carrying five people appeared to be traveling at very high speeds through the northeast Los Angeles area as Sky5 arrived above the scene around 5:15 p.m.

Officers initially tried to pull them over for a traffic violation around 5 p.m. in Glendale, near the corner of San Fernando Road and Western Avenue, according to Glendale police Sgt. Christian Hauptmann.

Police had received information that the vehicle’s occupants were possibly armed and dangerous, Hauptmann added.

The pursuit came to a dramatic end around 5:25 p.m. when the vehicle struck a power pole, spun out of control and flipped over near a gas station at the intersection of Glendale Boulevard and Berkeley Avenue.

Sky5 was over the scene where five people exited the vehicle after the crash, each apparently able to walk, and were taken into custody.

Paramedics found five patients at the scene, and three were hospitalized with traumatic injuries, the L.A. Fire Department said.

Three out of the five occupants were juveniles and are not facing charges, Hauptmann said. 

The driver of the vehicle and one of the adult passengers were both arrested before being transported to a local hospital with minor injuries.

The driver will be booked for felony evading and the other passenger will be booked for a probation violation, Hauptmann said.

Two of the juvenile passengers were released to their parents with no charges and a third juvenile passenger ran from the scene and was not pursued. 

The power was still out in the neighborhood as of Thursday night due to the power pole the suspect knocked down during the pursuit.

No further details were immediately available.

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