Suspect arrested after short pursuit in La Puente
A suspect is in custody after biting a deputy sheriff, and leading several other deputies on a pursuit through residential streets before crashing into another vehicle.
It began on Friday, January 10, 2020, at approximately 5:00 PM, when Deputy Sheriff’s from Industry Station conducted a traffic stop on the suspect’s vehicle at the intersection of Evanwood Avenue and Lassalette Avenue, in the city of Valinda. The suspect was asked to exit his vehicle but refused to comply with the Deputy’s commands. The driver instead reached for a bag on the floorboard of the vehicle. Thinking the suspect might be reaching for a weapon, the Deputy grabbed hold of the suspect’s arm/shoulder preventing him from reaching inside the bag. As the Deputy held on, the suspect reached down and bit the Deputy’s hand. The suspect drove away from the scene after the Deputy let go of him and went in pursuit of the suspect through various residential streets in La Puente, and surrounding areas.
Upon reaching the intersection of Willow Avenue and Fairgrove Avenue, the suspect crashed into another vehicle. The suspect’s vehicle then came to rest after colliding into a wall. Deputies were then able to detain the suspect with no further incident. The Los Angeles County Fire Department transported the Suspect to a nearby hospital for a medical evaluation and clearance for booking. A firearm was recovered inside the bag the suspect was reaching for.
A woman in the other vehicle involved in the collision, was transported to an area hospital for minor injuries.
The Deputy who was bit by the suspect was transported to a local hospital for treatment.
The investigation is ongoing and there is no further information at this time.