A Lexus ES400 automobile with a male driver and female passenger reached speeds of up to 120 mph as police officers chased the motor vehicle throughout an area reaching from San Bernardino in the east to the borders of South Los Angeles.
Police officials gave no reason why the male driver chose to flee the police at high speeds that endangered other vehicles in addition to many pedestrians, including children, who were trying to cross at various intersections. At one point, the driver abandoned the vehicle by jumping out near the historic Los Angeles Colliseum and escaping capture by running into a nearby apartment building.
The Los Angeles Times writes:
“Shortly before 1 p.m., the male driver bolted from the car and, with a cellphone held to his ear, appeared to run into an apartment complex near the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The woman who had been the passenger jumped into the driver’s seat and drove off, leading officers on a brief chase that ended when she appeared to hit another vehicle.”
Then his female passenger slid behind the wheel and continued to elude officers at high speed until she crashed the car into another vehicle and was arrested.
There has been no word of the identity of the female passenger turned driver or whether police have apprended the original male speeder.