A work truck being chased by officers slammed broadside into the driver’s side of an SUV at an intersection in Pasadena Thursday afternoon, prompting firefighters to use cutting tools to rescue the victim driver.
It’s unclear when the chase began, but television stations picked up the pursuit about 4:35 p.m. as the man driving the truck tore through the Commerce area.
The crash that ended the chase occurred about 5:20 p.m. at the intersection of Orange Grove Boulevard and Holly Street.
The truck driver got out and was taken into custody by officers, at least one of whom held the man at gunpoint until backup arrived.
Firefighters then set about cutting open the SUV to free its driver, a woman who was freed and loaded into an ambulance for transport to Huntington Memorial Hospital.
A Pasadena Fire Department assistant chief said the driver was in serious condition.
Crews found two child seats in the rear of SUV, he said.
The truck driver was wanted for reckless driving and the chase began in Bell Gardens, according to broadcast reports.
During the chase, the suspect drove at high speeds during rush hour traffic on sometimes congested streets and freeways in northeast Los Angeles, Alhambra, South Pasadena and Pasadena, at times taking to the wrong side of the road and blowing through red lights and stop signs. He even plowed through lowered railroad gates, disregarding the danger of a train collision.
Before crashing, the truck clipped the rear of a gray sedan in a minor collision and a pursuing police cruiser was seen rear-ending a civilian vehicle.
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