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Hollywood Joy Riders Cause a Stir

A trio of joy riders who scattered after their stolen ride crashed in Hollywood kept LAPD officers busy for about four hours this morning — until two were nabbed, one of them after being overpowered by a police dog, authorities said.

Patrol officers noticed a suspicious car around 12:30 a.m. and determined it had been reported stolen in Pasadena, said Sgt. Tim Jenneman of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollywood Station, adding that they tried to pull it over on Cosmo Street.

But instead of complying, the driver took off, leading the officers on a short pursuit south on Cosmo and east on Selma Avenue, Jenneman said.

“It ended when the driver crashed the car into trash cans and a picket fence at LaBaig Avenue and Selma,” he said. The occupants then scattered, and a search perimeter was set up between Gower and Gordon streets and Carlton Way and Sunset Boulevard.

By 4:30 a.m., the driver and one passenger were in custody, Jenneman said. The passenger was bitten by a police dog, treated at the scene and transported to a hospital.

One passenger got away, but Jenneman said he’s likely to be tracked down.

The driver was booked on suspicion of felony evading and joy riding and the passenger, for alleged joy riding, Jenneman said.

Copyright © 2011 City News Service

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