Written by AARON CASTREJON
LOS ANGELES – A 17-year-old driver led the California Highway Patrol on a pursuit and ultimately crashed, causing major injuries Thursday.
The teen had to be pulled from a 2007 Dodge Charger that caught fire after crashing on the westbound I-10 freeway at Walnut Grove Avenue at 12:17 a.m. He was taken to County/USC Medical Center, according to the California Highway Patrol.
CHP officers from the Baldwin Park Office attempted to stop the teen, accused of driving in excess of 100 mph on the west I-10 at West Covina Parkway. During the chase, the teen reportedly reached 125 miles per hour while using all traffic lanes, the California Highway Patrol said.
After the teen crashed, CHP officers from the Baldwin Park and East Los Angeles stations found him slumped over and the vehicle ignited. The unconscious teen was pulled from the car.
A City News Service story listed the driver, described as an adult male, as a fatality, but Officer Peter Nicholson of the CHP Traffic Management Center told SGV CityWatch that as of 5 a.m., the teen was in critical, but stable condition.
Nicholson had no information indicating that the teen had died.