Despite a short work week, it’s been a busy few days for local police officers and firefighters.

Santa Monica’s emergency responders have handled three serious calls in the past four days including assistance with a Los Angeles car chase, a serious vehicle vs. pedestrian accident and a fiery crash on Ocean Ave.

Two incidents occurred on Thursday, the first early in the morning.

According to SMPD, at approximately 2:30 a.m., Los Angeles Police Department officers observed a suspicious vehicle in the area of Montana and Bundy. The officers conducted a records check of the vehicle’s license plate and learned the vehicle was stolen. A pursuit ensued and concluded at eastbound I-10 FWY at the 14th Street overpass at approximately 2:55 a.m.

The passenger was immediately taken into custody and the driver ran south up the embankment. SMPD officers assisted LAPD with a perimeter and despite a search with canine officers, the second suspect was not located and search concluded at 8:20 a.m.

A second accident tied up firefighters at about 7:30 a.m. on Thursday morning. A driver hit a parked car near Alta and Ocean, then sheared off a light pole in the area. The driver was received preliminary medical treatment but initial reports did not indicate serious injuries.

The third incident actually occurred on Sept. 5 when a tow truck struck a pedestrian near Ocean Park and 28th.

According to SMPD, officers were alerted to the accident when an animal control officer drove past the scene and saw the pedestrian trapped under the truck. The pedestrian was transported to a local hospital in critical condition.

Officers said the truck was traveling westbound on Ocean Park and came to a stop at a red light. When the light turned green, the truck attempted to make a right turn and hit the pedestrian traveling eastbound in the crosswalk.

The driver was cooperative and officers said there was no sign of impairment but the investigation is ongoing.


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