A high-speed chase resulted in a wreck with a school bus and another car this afternoon on Front Street and South Marengo Avenue, before police were able to subdue and arrest the driver. The suspect's Mercedes crashed into the bus and a Ford Expedition, in which a 15-year-old boy was retrieving his backpack. There were no serious injuries and police apprehended the suspect soon after he tried to escape on foot.
The pursuit began when East LA sheriff deputies started following the man for reckless driving. "The guy in his haste to get away was driving on side streets," said Lieutenant Daniel Perez. "He went into the Alhambra area, where we lost sight of him there." Alhambra police responded to an alert from the Sheriff's department as well as 911 calls. A race on foot ensued to apprehend the suspect, who neighbors say was badly bruised and bleeding as he was looking for a place to hide.
“We saw the man get out of the car and we thought he was going to check on the bus driver, but he just kept going,” said Gloria Ponton, mother of the boy in the Expedition. Her son was taken to Alhambra Hospital after feeling slightly dizzy but wasn’t seriously injured. “I’m just glad he wasn’t crossing the street,” Ponton said.According to bystanders, the school bus had two young children in it but both were unharmed. The bus driver was jostled and reported a hit to the head, but didn’t need to be taken to the hospital.