Three men and one woman led authorities on a wild chase from Glendora to South Los Angeles Friday night, ending with a crash and search for the fleeing suspects.
The four suspects were accused of possibly stealing alcohol from Vons, 435 E. Foothill Blvd. Glendora Police found the suspects driving away from the store and began pursuing them onto area freeways after the female driver refused to stop, driving without headlights and at a high rate of speed.
Police responded to the theft call at 9:38 p.m.
The suspects fled from police south on Grand Avenue and entered the westbound Interstate 210 freeway. Police quickly called for the California Highway Patrol to take over the pursuit, but due to the reckless speed of the driver, CHP officers caught up to the chase much later, said Sgt. Shelly Gold of Glendora Police.
During the pursuit, the suspects began throwing large alcohol bottles out of the black pursuit vehicle.
“They were throwing alcohol bottles out of the car and were striking the patrol car,” Gold said. “I’m not sure if they were just trying to dump them or if they were purposely trying to throw them at the vehicle.”
The suspects eventually drove onto surface streets near Downtown Los Angeles, with the CHP pursuing them; Glendora police followed behind as the pursuit wound its way into South Los Angeles.
A little after 10 p.m., the Pursuit ended at 43rd Street and South Broadway in South Los Angeles after the driver failed to negotiate a turn at an intersection. The driver struck a curb, flew across lanes of traffic, nearly hitting a white truck and eventually drove up on a sidewalk and slammed into an apartment building.
The suspects fled in different directions. The driver was eventually located by CHP and Los Angeles Police officers on 41st Street west of Main.
KCAL9 news reported that two other suspects were caught. One suspect remains at large.
The female driver is en route to be booked at the Glendora Police station, Gold said.
There were no reports of injuries to officers or the driver, Gold said.