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RV suspect in custody after leading police on wild chase through San Fernando Valley

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Posted at 8:29 PM, May 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-21 23:31:18-04

TARZANA, Calif. (KABC) — A dangerous pursuit through the San Fernando Valley ended in a violent crash after the suspect, who was driving with two dogs, smashed into a vehicle near a home in Tarzana on Tuesday night.

The chase started around 7 p.m. in the Santa Clarita area for failure to yield, according to the California Highway Patrol.

AIR7 HD was over the pursuit as the suspect struck a palm tree in a shopping center before continuing on. The front end and passenger's side of the RV had significant damage, with the windshield smashed in and the door missing.

At several points, the woman was driving up to 60 mph on surface streets. The driver also smashed into several vehicles, including a sedan in an intersection.

At one point, a dog that was sitting in the suspect's lap fell out of the front of the RV. The dog walked out of the street and appeared to be OK. It is unclear if authorities were able to recover the dog. Another dog was partially hanging out of the window, but the driver was able to pull the pet back in.

The driver crashed into a sedan and fled on foot with the second dog for a short time before being taken into custody around 7:30 p.m. near Tampa Avenue and Wells Street. Animal control later captured the dog, which appeared to have been injured.

An occupant of the sedan was laying injured on his back in the driveway of the home near the crash. He was taken to a local hospital in unknown condition.

The suspect also suffered unknown injuries and was treated by first responders at the scene.

This story is courtesy of our ABC affiliate, ABC7 in Los Angeles.