CBS Channel 2 / KCAL Channel 9 Los Angeles Local News reported recently that a local man is facing charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUI), vehicular manslaughter, and assault after he allegedly rammed a sheriff’s office patrol car and then led Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office deputies on a chase that ended in the death of an innocent bystander in the Fairfax District on the evening of Tuesday, March 2, 2021.
According to a news release issued by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office, the original incident took place between 10:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 near the Grove in the Fairfax District. A local man, 28 years of age, assaulted a deputy with his vehicle during a routine traffic stop. He then led deputies on a pursuit until, at the intersection of 3rd Street and Fairfax Avenue, he crashed into another vehicle, driven by an L/A. man 37 years of age. The second car was sent careening into a Citibank branch and the injuries he sustained in the impact killed the man, who was a chef at a West Hollywood hotel.
The suspect was taken to a local hospital in unknown condition. In court on Thursday, March 4, 2021, he pleaded not guilty to all charges and will be in court again on April 29.