LEIMERT PARK (CBSLA) – A dangerous police chase through South Los Angeles ended on New Year’s Day when a car packed with suspects crashed into a vehicle.
The pursuit started around 4:45 p.m. in Hyde Park, Los Angeles police said.
The suspects, who may have been involved in an assault in Hyde Park around 4:15 p.m., were armed and threw at least one firearm out of a BMW during the chase.
SKY9 was over the pursuit as the driver sped through residential areas and narrow streets, nearly hitting several vehicles.
The BMW ran a red light and struck a white sedan in Leimert Park just before 5 p.m. The sedan ricocheted into another vehicle and came to a stop at the intersection of Crenshaw Boulevard and 48th Street.
Three people quickly piled out of the BMW and surrendered as officers swarmed the area.
The victim in the sedan limped to the sidewalk, where an unidentified woman ran over and hugged her.
KCAL9’s Cristy Fajardo spoke to the victim.
“I was just scared and terrified – the air bags popping. This was my first car accident,” the woman said, who declined to provide her last name. “My leg is hurt, a little sore, but I’m good. I’m blessed.”
The victim’s vehicle was struck on the driver’s side, dislodging the bumper and smashing in the front tire.
The intersection was closed as police investigated but has since reopened.