An ex-con from North Hollywood was charged Friday with leading police on a high-speed chase in which he allegedly crashed a stolen work van into several vehicles, leaving multiple people injured.
Karapet Kirichyan, 46, pleaded not guilty to three counts of assault with a deadly weapon — a vehicle, along with two counts of hit-and-run resulting in injury to another person and one count each of fleeing a pursuing police officer’s motor vehicle while driving recklessly and driving or taking a vehicle without consent, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
All of the charges are felonies, authorities said.
Kirichyan also is charged with one misdemeanor count of hit-and-run driving resulting in property damage.
The criminal complaint alleges that Kirichyan has prior convictions for burglary, vehicle theft and grand theft.
Kirichyan allegedly stole a work van Wednesday in the 10700 block of Magnolia Boulevard in Van Nuys that later was spotted by Los Angeles police in the 6900 block of Ranchito Avenue, prosecutors said.
During the police chase, he allegedly collided with vehicles, causing injury to some occupants, and knocked down a tri-light pole, prosecutors said.
The chase ended in Hollywood.
Kirichyan was arrested about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday by Los Angeles police.
He has remained behind bars since then, according to jail records.
Kirichyan is due back in court Jan. 24, when a hearing will determine if there is enough evidence to allow the case against him to proceed to trial.
If convicted as charged, he could face a maximum of more than 13 years in state prison, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
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