Carmageddon: Freeway closure clears path for high-speed chase
The closure of the 405 Freeway didn't stop one car from participating in one of the region's favorite freeway activities: a high-speed chase zooming across a half a dozen Southland highways, with the California Highway Patrol and television trucks in hot pursuit.
In fact, light traffic may have cleared a path for the fleeing driver.
The chase began about 8 p.m. and was still continuing as of 9:45 p.m.
A routine drunk-driving stop in the San Fernando Valley turned into a far-reaching high-speed chase Saturday evening, with police and the Highway Patrol chasing a black Hyundai across several freeways and two counties.
The driver, apparently, knew enough to avoid the 405, but instead took a high-speed, looping detour that hit almost every other freeway in the region, including the 101, the 5, the 605, the 60, the 15 and the 210 both east and westbound and then, as of 9:35 p.m., the 10 west.
The speeding vehicle travelled at speeds of 80 to 85 mph most of the way.
A man and a woman inside the car were seen dumping white objects out the window, a Highway Patrol official said. One of the people in the car is a parolee facing a third strike, said Krystal Carter of the California Highway Patrol.
Photo: Los Angeles Police Officers pursue a car, left, as it passes another vehicle, right, as they go through the downtown area. Credit: Bob Chamberlin