A suspected drunk driver was arrested after trying to flee the scene of a two-vehicle crash in Boyle Heights that injured five people, authorities said Saturday.

Paramedics were sent at 12:55 p.m. Friday to the 100 block of North Chicago Street, near East First Street, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Joshua Garcia of Montebello was driving north on Chicago Street in a 2013 Toyota Camry when he allegedly drove into the intersection against the signal and struck a 1998 Toyota Sienna van, police said.

The force of the impact caused the van to travel in a northeast direction and strike a bus stop. Two female victims waiting to cross the street were struck attempting to run for safety.

Garcia’s Toyota allegedly continued northbound on Chicago Street, where it struck a bicyclist.

“Joshua Garcia exited the Toyota Camry and attempted to flee the scene along with an unidentified passenger,” police said. “A witness chased Garcia and held Garcia until police arrived.”

Two women, one 61 and the other 40, and three men — one 55, another 27 and the third 20 — were taken to a hospital, Humphrey said. Another man was treated at the scene.

Garcia was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and hit and run. He was booked at the Metropolitan Detention Center.

Police said the victims suffered moderate to severe injuries and were treated at Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center, where they were listed in stable condition.

LAPD Central Traffic detectives asked anyone who saw the crash to call them at (213) 833-3713.

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