Police chases usually end with a suspect in custody, but that is on a good day. Our San Diego auto accident attorneys know that on a bad day, police chases can end up with someone seriously personally injured or dead.
The 101 Freeway was closed down when a police chase ended in an auto accident and a shooting that took the life of the man in pursuit , according to KTLA. An investigation is currently underway to find out what caused the auto accident and why an Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officer had to resort to using deadly force.
Police chase on Los Angeles freeway ends with shooting.
In the early morning hours of May 24, 2010, officers in the Hollenbeck Division of the LAPD attempted to pull over a motorist who was suspected of drunk driving on Huntington Drive. The motorist did not pull over and a police chase started when the DUI suspect pulled on to the 101 freeway.
The police chase continued until the driver crashed his car against the guardrail of the westbound 101. The auto accident did not stop him from exiting his vehicle or lunging at the pursuing officer with a knife in his hand prompting the officer to draw his gun and open fire.
All lanes of the 101 freeway were shut down for several hours as emergency crews took the suspect to a local hospital for medical treatment where he eventually died as a result of his wounds.
Our firm’s auto accident attorneys want to ask: when has running from the law ever been a good idea? Whatever you think you did or didn’t do, the best course of action you can take when you see the red and blue lights flashing is to pull over to the side of the road.
If you help the police, they may help you back. There’s no point in escalating the situation to the point where violence like this is the end result.
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