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DUI suspect pushes Mercedes past 100 mph in police pursuit

June 15, 2012 |  9:30 pm

A motorist suspected of driving drunk behind the wheel of a Mercedes Benz led police on a high-speed pursuit Friday night from Burbank to Hollywood.

The chase reached speeds approaching 120 mph, authorities said, as the driver fled from the Burbank area onto three freeways -- the 118, 5 and 101 -- before getting off at Highland Avenue with his driver's-side tire blown out.

Once on surface streets in the Hollywood area, the motorist sideswiped another car then came to a stop under an overpass, where California Highway Patrol officers arrested him.

Ambulances arrived on Franklin Avenue to transport the motorist and anyone else who may have been injured in the crash.

CHP Officer Tatiana Sauquillo said it was unknown yet if anyone was seriously hurt.

The chase, which lasted more than 40 minutes, began after an off-duty police officer noticed the black Mercedes driving erratically in the Burbank area.


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