A wild night and morning for police chases in the San Fernando Valley

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It was quite a night and early morning for police chases in the San Fernando Valley where two suspects were taken into custody for one Wednesday night incident and two others are at large after a Thursday morning chase.

A man who Los Angeles police say led officers on a chase of nearly two hours Wednesday night through the San Fernando Valley before he collided into a North Hollywood automotive shop was in custody on Thursday, along with his passenger, police said.

In an unrelated case on Thursday morning, police were looking for two suspects driving in a suspected stolen white car that spun out in a Van Nuys intersection following a brief chase, said Los Angeles Police Department Officer Norma Eisenman.

The first chase began just after 9 p.m. in the Burbank area, close to North Hollywood, where officers with the LAPD’s Metropolitan Division sought a suspect driving a stolen vehicle, said LAPD Officer Drake Madison.

The driver is believed to have abandoned the vehicle around 9:30 p.m. under an overpass near where the 101 and 134 freeways meet, and after he emerged, he was seen driving a pickup with another male inside, police said.

The chase, which reached speeds of more than 100 mph, ended when the truck crashed into a light pole and automotive shop around 10:50 p.m. near the intersection of Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Oxnard Street, where the driver was apprehended.

Police said no civilians were believed to be injured in the chase or crash.

Eisenman said the name of the driver had not been released as of Thursday morning.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the male passenger willingly participated in the chase, police said, and he was taken into custody for questioning.

Around 2 a.m. Thursday, another chase lasted a few minutes before the vehicle spun out near Magnolia Avenue and Sepulveda Boulevard where the suspects bailed on foot, according to a desk officer at the Los Angeles Police Department’s North Hollywood Station.

A perimeter was set up in the area, closing down the intersection.

Eisenman said the two suspects were male and were outstanding as of Thursday morning.

City News Service contributed to this report.


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