The pursuit of a Mercedes Benz going as fast as 80 miles an hour on Sunset Boulevard through Silver Lake ended early this morning after the luxury coupe crashed into a barrier along a pedestrian plaza before coming to a stop a block away.
The driver of the Mercedes CLK survived the crash at Silver Lake’s Sunset Triangle Plaza – aka Polka Dot Plaza – and was put in handcuffs before being taken away in an ambulance said Bich Ngoc Cao, who lives near the crash scene. A CHP officer was also examined for injuries, she said. No other injuries were reported.
“The driver was injured but conscious after the crash; my husband saw him crying, and there was a pool of blood on the ground,” Cao said. “The driver’s hands were cuffed as he sat on the ground before he was taken onto a gurney and put into an ambulance.”
After slamming into the barriers and planters in front of the new Yummy.com grocery at Sunset Boulevard and Maltman Avenue, the Mercedes hit several poles and parking meters – some of which flew across Polka Dot Plaza – before spinning around and coming to a stop about a block away near the El Conquistador restaurant.
CHP officer Ed Jacobs said the pursuit began shortly after 2 a.m. at Sunset Boulevard and Benton Way. It was not clear what prompted the chase. The driver of the 2001 Mercedes, which was registered to an address in LaVerne, he said.