CHP Officer Fires at High-Speed Pursuit Suspect

March 29, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A police officer shot out the driver's side window of a police-pursuit suspect vehicle that led police on a multi-county high-speed pursuit.The chase began at approximately 4:13 p.m. at the summit of the Cajon Pass when a CHP officer attempted to pull the suspect over for speeding.

The suspect was alone in the vehicle. A CHP officer said the Blazer is an out-of-state vehicle.

The suspect was reportedly driving at speeds of 90 to 100 mph on the westbound 210 Freeway. Reaching Burbank on the 134 Freeway, the driver encountered thicker traffic and was reduced to speeds in the 60 to 70 mph range.

The suspect exited the 134 at Cahuenga Blvd. in Toluca Lake and drove north on Cahuenga into North Hollywood, then drove east on Camarillo into Burbank.

The suspect then drove southbound on Pass Ave. over the hill toward the Cahuenga Pass.

As Pass Ave. turned into Barham Blvd., the suspect was slowed by traffic. Officers exited their vehicles and attempted to extract the suspect. The Blazer then took off again, and an officer shot out the driver's side window, shattering the glass. It was unclear if the suspect was struck.

The suspect drove approximately a quarter-mile north into Universal City. At an entrance to Universal Studios, he slowed and pulled over and Burbank Police vehicles pulled up and officers exited as the suspect jumped out of the Blazer and attempted to run, but officers quickly caught him. The suspect struggled with officers before he was fully subdued.

The shirtless suspect could be seen lying on the road where officers had him handcuffed. He appeared to be bleeding. Paramedics arrived on scene to treat the suspect. He was transported to a hospital.

The pursuit passed through Ontario, San Dimas, Sunflower, Glendora, Pasadena, Eagle Rock and Glendale before arriving in Burbank and ending in Universal City.

Barham Blvd. was closed in both directions during rush-hour traffic while police investigated the scene of the officer-involved shooting.


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