ECHO PARK — Police apprehended the driver of a pick-up truck early this evening that was involved in multiple collisions and a police pursuit through rush-hour traffic, leaving at least one person injured, several vehicles damaged and two major streets shut down. One resident said the large black, Chevy Silverado pick-up was seen racing through the Vons parking lot near Alvarado being pursued by three cars on the ground and a helicopter overhead. “It was like a movie,” she said.
The crashes took place within a few minutes of each other shortly before 6 p.m. and ended when the pick-up truck crashed into several vehicles at Echo Park and Laguna avenues near Echo Park Lake. The driver was taken into custody but said he did not sustain any injury, according Sgt Teresa Anderson with the LAPD Northeast Division. The occupant of a van that was parked next to the lake was taken to a hospital for treatment after his vehicle was hit by the pick-up truck. Anderson did not know if there were injuries at the other crash scenes.
Police began pursuing the pick-up truck after officers observed a crash near Sunset Boulevard and Laveta Terrace but the vehicle managed to get away. The same truck was later involved in a collision with four vehicles on Alvarado near Reservoir Street before it ended up southbound on Echo Park Avenue and crashing at Laguna, police said.
“I thought he was going to jump over me,” said a man named Jose, who was on Alvarado when the large truck rammed into the back of his white sedan and then speed away northbound.
An officer at the scene of the Alvarado crashes said no one needed any medical treatment but some of the drivers complained of pain. Alvarado was still closed at 8 p.m. as officers continued their investigation and vehicle owners awaited tow trucks.
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