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Three car chases illustrate the dangers of speeding

Three high-speed car chases, which occurred all in one night in and around the San Fernando Valley, show how dangerous reckless driving can be.

Anything, from alcohol-related recklessness to traffic frustrations, can trigger speeding. Criminals attempting to flee from police often drive at extreme speeds.

The chases begin

The vehicle chases took place on a night in March 2017. The first pursuit began at about 8:00 p.m. The motorist was driving erratically and at speeds of up to 80 miles per hour on surface streets, narrowly missing pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicles. He did cause another car to crash before heading out onto the 118 Freeway and then the 405, traveling at speeds of up to 100 mph. The chase finally ended in Panorama City. The driver fled on foot, but the police took his passenger into custody.

A related incident

The next car chase started in the same general area around 9:30 p.m. Police chased the driver of what they believed to be a stolen vehicle. The driver achieved speeds of more than 100 mph on surface streets as well as the 5 Freeway. The driver—thought to be the same man who fled from police after the first car chase of the evening—again stopped his vehicle, and, for the time being, got away.

The nightcap

The next chase involved a black F-150 heading north on the 101 Freeway. Once again, that chase appeared to involve the same driver: He had hijacked the pickup truck. The chase ended when he crashed into a pole at a gas station. This time the police took the driver into custody.

Fear and chaos

There is little that is more terrifying than being a cyclist or pedestrian and seeing a vehicle coming toward you at an astonishing speed. Tragedy was averted in the March 2017 incidents, but speeding can cause debilitating injuries or death. Unfortunately, the San Fernando Valley sees its share of reckless drivers, as well as the victims of crashes caused by speeding.

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