A group of burglary suspects led authorities on a chase Friday at speeds topping 100 mph from the Mid-City area to Sherman Oaks, where the person behind the wheel drove into a parking structure at the Sherman Oaks Galleria.
One suspect was taken into custody a short time later, shortly before 11 a.m., but police said there may have been at least three people in the dark-colored sedan involved in the chase.
The pursuit began sometime after 10 a.m. in the Mid-City area, with police saying at least one of the people in the vehicle was wanted on suspicion of burglary from motor vehicles, Fox11 reported.
The chase led into the West Los Angeles and Palms area before moving north on the San Diego (405) Freeway, with the driver hitting speeds that topped 100 mph. Driving at times on the freeway shoulder, the suspect moved north on the Ventura (101) Freeway, then did an abrupt U-turn in the Encino area, moving south on the Freeway.
The driver side-swiped a truck while trying to dodge traffic on the freeway, damaging the driver’s side of the sedan and causing a stream of smoke from the rear tire area.
The motorist then exited the 101 Freeway and drove into the Sherman Oaks Galleria parking area, out of sight of the police helicopter crew following the suspects from above.
Police swarmed the mall area, and took one person into custody. A perimeter was established around the mall as police conducted a search of the shopping center.
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