The driver of a Ford Velociraptor led authorities on a high-speed chase Wednesday evening from the Malibu area to the San Fernando Valley that ended when the pickup truck struck a light pole in Valley Glen.
Reports of the vehicle driving on the wrong side of Malibu Canyon Road began coming in around 9:40 p.m. and the driver led California Highway Patrol officers on a pursuit along the eastbound Ventura (101) Freeway before exiting at Woodman Avenue in Sherman Oaks.
The suspect traveled on streets in Sherman Oaks and Van Nuys before going through the parking lot of a Taco Bell restaurant near Coldwater Canyon Avenue and Vanowen Street, then crashed the $350,000 truck into a light pole near the intersection about 10:10 p.m. He surrendered to officers moments later.
The driver was suspected of reckless driving and driving under the influence, according to multiple broadcast reports.