Marijuana Grow Discovered When Pursuit Suspect Crashes Into L.A. Warehouse

Marijuana Grow Discovered When Pursuit Suspect Crashes Into L.A. Warehouse
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The unluckiest marijuana grower of the summer had his grow house busted by authorities after a driver being chased by the California Highway Patrol inadvertently crashed into a warehouse full of weed, authorities said over the weekend.

The driver was taken to County-USC Medical center "with major injuries," the CHP said in a statement. But first the driver had to be pulled the wreckage, which was inside the Huntington Park warehouse.

Also inside, CHP officials said, were ...

... 700 to 800 marijuana plants at various stages of maturity.

It all happened after 1 a.m. Friday, according to the CHP. The driver, wanted for making an erratic turn near Alameda Street and Florence Avenue, led the officers on a chase. Here's what the agency said happened:

After the Jetta failed to yield, a pursuit was initiated. The Jetta made a left turn to eastbound Florence Ave. from S. Alameda St. against a red left turn arrow. The Jetta made a left turn into an alley east of Alameda St. headed northbound. As the unit entered the alley, the vehicle briefly stopped, then continued by making a left turn into a parking lot and headed south through the lot. The Jetta exited the parking lot onto Florence Ave. headed westbound towards Alameda St. The unit continued to pursue as the Jetta made a right turn and headed northbound on Alameda St. from Florence Ave. and accelerated at a high speed. As the Jetta continued northbound, it failed to stop at three stop-sign-controlled intersections. The driver of the Jetta failed to navigate a right turn on Gage Ave., crossing the eastbound lanes of Gage Ave. and striking a raised center median. This caused the Jetta to become airborne across the westbound lanes and collide into a building on the north side of Gage Ave. east of S. Alameda St.

Follow all that? Us either. The suspect had to be extracted from the Jetta with the help of L.A. County Fire Department rescuers, the CHP said.

The driver was arrested on suspicion of evading police and driving under the influence of an unspecified substance, the CHP stated.

The agency's Investigative Service Unit took over the investigation of the 10,000-square-foot warehouse, according to the CHP's account:

At this time no evidence was located at the scene that would indicate the marijuana was for medical purposes.

No suspects connected to the grow were identified ... yet.

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