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Police Chase Reckless Driving Suspect

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PANORAMA CITY (CBS) — Police Friday chased a reckless driving suspect through Arleta and Panorama City.

The chase started around 4:40 p.m.

Police first noticed the suspects, according to CBS2 and KCAL9 reporter Rachel Kim, driving erratically southbound on the 5 Freeway, near the 170.

Authorities began chasing the suspects but soon went into tracking mode, according to Kim. She says, officers backed off for the safety of the public. An air unit continued to follow the suspects.

At one point during the pursuit, the driver crossed the wrong side of the road and almost hit a car head-on.

Gil Leyvas, reporting from Sky2, also said the suspect went through an intersection filled with pedestrians.

Angela Lomboy, her sister and father, spun out in their Honda when the suspects hit them at the intersection of Brandford and Arleta. The trio were headed home after getting a new puppy.

Says Lomboy, “The car turned and when it stopped, my dad told me to get out. He couldn’t open the door on his side, so he got out on my side.”

Leopoldo Lomboy was just worried about his daughters. “Because they yelled and they’re scared,” he said.

The Lomboy’s lost their car but told Kim they were grateful it’s all they lost. Leopoldo Lomboy said, “Thank God my daughters are fine.”

The chase ended in San Fernando when the suspects bailed near Brand and Kewen.

One took off running and was tackled to the ground by police. Witnesses helped police find the other suspect.

Witness Jan Lopez said, “They didn’t know which way to go because he was going really fast.” Another witness, Ivonne Saldivar said, “They didn’t know which way to go so I started yelling at them, ‘Go right, go right.'”

The two suspects were taken into custody and treated at a hospital for injuries.

Police said the vehicle was stolen.

(©2012 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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