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Fleeing Driver Smashes Through Garage, Wedges Car Under Parked Truck

The female suspect lost control near the intersection of East Ritchie Street and North Pioneer Boulevard

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    Suspected DUI Driver Crashes During Pursuit

    A suspected DUI driver crashed into a parked vehicle and a property during a pursuit in Long Beach early Thursday. Annette Arreola reports for Today in LA on Thursday, Apr. 16, 2015. By Jeff Scharping (Published Thursday, April 16, 2015)

    A driver fleeing deputies crashed through a wall in front of a Long Beach home before crashing across the lawn, slamming into the side of the house and wedging the vehicle under a pickup parked in a driveway.

    Jacqueline Hernandez, 21, lost control of the car near the intersection of East Ritchie Street and North Pioneer Boulevard around 1 a.m, a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokesman said. The chase began after emergency services received a call about a traffic crash on the southbound 605 Freeway near Carson Street, and an LASD helicopter officer saw the driver's car speeding away from the scene.

    A short pursuit took place, which ended when the driver's black Toyota Corolla crashed through a wall and finally came to rest after colliding with a pickup truck. The truck's owner Chris Lease heard sirens and a helicopter, then moments later heard the crash.

    "A car was sitting underneath my truck and it pushed my truck into my grandma's car. (It) smashed the whole side of her car," Lease said.

    The car left tire marks on the homeowner's front lawn and damaged a window.

    Hernandez was hospitalized in stable condition. She was receiving treatment and was expected to be cited for driving under the inflence after being released from the hospital, authorities said.