Venice Wurstkuche Crash: LAPD Pursuit Ends With Truck Into Restaurant, 6 Injured
At least two people were injured tonight when a pickup truck being chased by the LAPD crashed into the popular Wurstkuche restaurant in Venice.
The crash after a short chase was reported shortly before 9 p.m., an LAPD officer told Weekly.
An employee at Wurstkuche told the Weekly ...
... that a customer was hospitalized with minor injuries and that the driver of the white pickup also appeared to need medical attention following the chase.
Multiple injuries: bicyclist got nailed - approx 3 inside restaurant and the POS truck driver - parolee and V13'r twitter.com/Venice311/stat...— Venice 311 (@Venice311) February 11, 2013
.... Lots of broken legs twitter.com/Venice311/stat...— Venice 311 (@Venice311) February 11, 2013
Everyone else, he said, "was okay -- just a little shaken up."
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[Update at 2:01 p.m. Monday]: Police now say that four to five people in the restaurant were injured along with the driver and a bicyclist who was hit during the chase.
City News Service reports what the LAPD told it:
A couple of lights before Vernon [Avenue, on Lincoln], the fugitive driver struck a cyclist, who suffered a broken leg and scrapes, then plowed into a restaurant ...
The injured in the restaurant complained of pain only and were hospitalized, police said: The suspect also complained and sustained a bruise.
The suspect was expected to be booked, following his hospital stay, for evading police and hit-and-run, cops said.