Stolen vehicle pursuit heads for the L.A. River bike path

L.A. River path in Elysian Valley

ELYSIAN VALLEY —  The police pursuit of a stolen vehicle this morning ended in Elysian Valley, where residents said an LAPD patrol car was seen following the vehicle on the bike and pedestrian path that runs along the Los Angeles River.

David De La Torre with the Elysian Valley Neighborhood Watch said a resident observed an LAPD patrol car “in fast pursuit” of  what was described as a black Jeep at about 10 a.m.

An LAPD spokeswoman said that a brief, stolen car pursuit ended after the driver jumped or ran away from the vehicle. She could not confirm whether the pursuit took place on the path but it appears that it ended nearby.

De La Torre has raised concerns before about motor vehicles traveling on the path and the danger that posed to pedestrians and cyclists.  He knows of at least three other instances when cars have been seen on the path but this is the first time involving a police pursuit.


  1. Don’t think is related, but did anyone else notice the police helicopter circling over Laguna Avenue last night for over an hour, telling everyone through a microphone to stay inside because the suspect as armed and dangerous? I am really surprised there was no mention of this on the Eastsider this morning.

  2. Christine Louise

    We live near the river and observed this also – high speed chase of black SUV pursued by LAPD. I’d love to find a way to support David De La Torre’s efforts to make the path more secure. Pedestrians are just targets in a situation like that.

    • Hi Christine,
      It helps immensely to write to our district councilman Mitch O’Farrell’s office:
      [email protected]
      and remind him of the need to secure the
      entries to the path and fortunately no one was hurt this time!
      I too will write his office

      • Mitch O’ Farrel doesn’t give a shit. Garcetti never did either. I tried talking to Mitch O’ Farrell once, he shoved his assistant in front of him, told me to tell his assistant whatever it was I wanted to say, and then ran away. This was at the Frogtown Artwalk, 2014

  3. Someone was almost hurt today! My mom’s neighbor was walking on the bike path this morning and she almost got runned over! She threw herself.She went over to my mom’s in shock and crying

    • Hopefully this incident will motivate the city to finally close off access to the river path by cars except for Fire and Law Enforcement via a lock. Motorbikes also do not belong and are illegal on the path.

  4. Wasn’t there another police pursuit on the river path last fall? I remember that incident finally pushed all the parties involved City/County/private property owner into saying they would install gates so only emergency responders would have vehicle access at 2 particular street ends. (At least one of the entry points from the previous incident was on private property.) Of course it took a few more months of discussion to reach that point….

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