Chase Through San Fernando Valley Leads To Arrest

KTLA reports on a suspected DUI driver that led officers on a chase through San Fernando Valley.

Los Angeles Police arrested a driver on suspicion of driving under the influence on Wednesday, November 28th.

The arrest came after the men led officers on a chase that began at about 6:15 p.m. near the intersection of Farmdale Avenue and Tiara Street. The suspect then began to drive north on the Hollywood Freeway.

The chase ended about 15 minutes later near the corner of Wakefield Avenue and Roscoe Boulevard.

Police discovered a case of beer from Angel City Brewery and several discarded bottles on the floor in the back seat of the cab.

The chase caused a separate collision on the 170. Police called for an ambulance to respond to that crash.

One police had the suspect in custody, they discovered a firearm in his car.

There were no further details available.

Police officers cannot just arbitrarily pull a person over, they must have a reason. When it comes to driving patterns that may indicate a driver is possibly intoxicated, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has 24 cues that officers are trained to look for to judge if intoxication might be present. Weaving, straddling lane lines, turning too wide, and nearly hitting another vehicle or object are some clues categorized as problems maintaining proper lane position. Some other clues might be given in speed and braking problems. Being too slow to respond to traffic signals or an officer’s commands might also tip off officers to a driver being intoxicated.

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