Driver Goes the Wrong Way on the 405, Injures 3


A driver being chased by California Highway Patrol at 100-plus miles per hour made a U-turn on the 405 Freeway and crashed head-on into an oncoming car this morning.

A 30-year-old man, a 28-year-old woman and a two-month old baby from Lawndale were injured in the 2:15 a.m. Van Nuys accident, as was the driver being chased, City News Service reported. The man who was hit broke his hand, and the woman and baby had lesser injuries, while the chased driver lost teeth and broke an arm and a leg after he was pinned in his Toyota Sequoia SUV.

The chase started on the eastbound 101 Freeway when a CHP officer saw the driver going up to 100 miles per hour and weaved to try to stop him, but he continued on. The driver then apparently exited the freeway and got back on going westbound, connected to the 405 southbound and made a U-turn to head north in the southbound lanes. Three minutes later, he hit the oncoming 2011 Toyota Highlander SUV near Victory Blvd., seen by an LAPD chopper.

The driver’s name has not been released. He was taken to the UCLA Reagan Medical Center and CHP said he was arrested for drunk driving and causing injury while evading an officer.