LOS ANGELES (CNS) – It may have been a case of “sometimes, bad things happen to bad people,” a police sergeant said, when a suspected drunken driver used an SUV to chase a motorist through Lincoln Heights, flipping and destroying the vehicle.
The early morning crash happened as the SUV was in pursuit of a driver who had moments earlier been challenged with a “where are you from” challenge, a possible prelude to a gang attack, said Los Angeles police Sgt. Kevin Moore at the Hollenbeck station.
As the neighborhood blacked out due to the sheared pole. paramedics rushed the SUV driver and a passenger to a hospital, but their medical conditions were not immediately known. Two other passengers in the sport utility vehicle ran away from the wreckage, at 5508 Valley Blvd. at 3:40 a.m., Moore said.
The chain of events began when the SUV stopped alongside a man in a Subaru and people in the SUV “asked him where was he from,” the police sergeant said.
The motorist in the Subaru panicked and sped away with the sport utility vehicle in pursuit. While going east on Valley Boulevard, the SUV failed to negotiate a curve, its driver lost control and it crashed, Moore said.
The motorist in the Subaru continued east into Alhambra, flagged down a police officer, who took him back to the crash scene, he said.
The police sergeant said the motorist in the SUV may be arrested on suspicion of drunken driving. He said police were awaiting word on his medical condition.
“Sometimes, bad things happen to bad people,” Moore said.
About 1,200 customers were left without electricity as the vehicle sheared the power pole in half, said MaryAnne Pierson of the Department Water and Power. It was not immediately known when power would be fully restored.
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