Motorist leads police on violent high-speed chase, drives wrong way on 405 Freeway before crashing

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

A motorist led police on a high-speed chase through Santa Monica and Brentwood early Friday before driving the wrong way on the 405 Freeway and crashing into multiple vehicles, authorities said.

The incident began shortly after 4 a.m. when police received reports of a female motorist causing a disturbance at 4th and Rose avenues in Venice, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a post on X. It’s unclear what happened when police arrived, but the unidentified woman rammed her white van into a police cruiser as she drove away.

Police chased after the driver, who crashed into several police vehicles, according to helicopter footage from KTLA-TV.

At one point, the driver turned the van around and drove at a high speed toward a police cruiser that was driving in reverse in the middle of an intersection. The van chased after the patrol car and the officer narrowly avoided a head-on collision with the van after the cruiser spun around. The van then struck the police vehicle in the rear, according to helicopter footage.

The driver of the van then drove onto the 405 Freeway in the wrong direction, striking several vehicles coming the other way before crashing into a semi-trailer cab near the Wilshire Boulevard onramp, police said. The suspect then got out and climbed on top of the big-rig cab and sat on the hood for a short time, according to video footage.

The suspect was taken into custody, police said. She was then placed into an ambulance with what appeared to be blood over her face, according to video footage from the scene.

At least one LAPD officer was taken to a hospital for their injuries, according to a Los Angeles Fire Department spokesperson.

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.