A driver struck a woman with his vehicle in an apparent road rage incident in the South Los Angeles area and the attack was witnessed by Los Angeles sheriff’s deputies who arrested him after a short chase.
The deputies happened to witness the incident and chased the suspect into an apartment after he left his vehicle and fled the scene, authorities said.
The woman victim was seriously injured and taken to a hospital.
It happened at about 8:25 p.m. Saturday in the 9400 block of Normandie Avenue, said Lt. Chuck Becerra of the South Los Angeles Sheriff‘s Station.
“There are reports he did it intentionally, like a road rage,” Becerra said. Two deputies happened to be there to watch the crash and saw the man run from the vehicle so they followed on foot.
The suspect ran into a random apartment near the crash scene and a woman ran out screaming that her children were inside, the lieutenant said. About eight minutes later, as deputies were preparing to enter the apartment to get the children, the man came out and was arrested.
The California Highway Patrol initially reported the man struck his mother-in-law, but Becerra could not confirm that.
Two sheriff’s cars were involved in minor crashes while en route to the hit-and-run, he said. One was at 95th Street and Normandie Avenue and he did not know the second location. The only injuries were “bruised prides.”
Yet another crash occurred while deputies contained the apartment area, Becerra said. An apparently drunk driver crashed into a patrol car that was stopped in an intersection with lights flashing. That driver was arrested for suspicion of DUI.
— City News Service
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