4 people hurt as pursuit of suspected drunk driver ends in crash

A suspected drunk driver was in custody today after leading Los Angeles police on a chase that ended in Long Beach, where the suspect’s vehicle crashed into an SUV.

The chase began about 12:15 a.m. near Figueroa Street and Vernon Avenue, the Los Angeles Police Department reported.

The BMW led officers onto the southbound 110 Freeway, the eastbound 105 Freeway and the southbound 710 Freeway.

At some point, LAPD officers went into a “tracking mode,” using only a helicopter to follow the pursuit, police said.

The BMW, however, exited the freeway and crashed into an SUV at Sixth Street and Long Beach Boulevard at around 12:50 a.m., according to police.

A woman riding in the BMW and three people in the SUV were taken to a local hospital, Long Beach police spokeswoman Jennifer De Prez said. None of their injuries were life-threatening, according to De Prez, who said the collision was minor.

LBPD officers were never involved in the pursuit, she said.

LAPD officers arrested the BMW’s driver, police said. The motorist’s name was not immediately released.

Last year, eight people were hurt during police pursuits that involved crashes in Long Beach, according to numbers from the CHP. Three of those people were innocent bystanders, three were the suspects and two were police officers, according to the CHP data.

About 37% of chases in Long Beach last year caused some kind of crash, according to the CHP’s numbers.

Last month, a Long Beach woman and five dogs were killed when a driver fleeing from officers crashed into her car in Bluff Heights, according to police.

Editor’s note: This story was updated with more information from Long Beach police.

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