A driver who led authorities on a short pursuit that ended in a crash, knocked down a power pole and sparked a fire was on the loose Saturday morning.
A deputy spotted the driver of a Toyota Sienna driving recklessly in the area of Palmdale Boulevard and Division Street at 9:20 p.m. Friday and attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver fled and a pursuit began, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Less than 90 seconds after the pursuit started, the driver went through a dead end near Division Street and East Avenue R-8 and crashed into a power pole, knocking the pole down and a causing power outage in the area, the LASD said.
A news photographer at the scene said the crash also sparked a fire and firefighters had a difficult time fighting the flames due to live electrical wires on the ground.
The driver was able to escape. A detailed description of the suspect was not available.
No deputies were hurt.
Power was restored to residents within about an hour.