Recently, at about 5 o’clock in the evening, a high-speed pursuit began in Northridge and ended near Palmdale. According to reports, police noticed a man in a white F-150 pickup driving recklessly near Saticoy Street and Topanga Canyon. Officers signaled the driver to pull over, but the driver refused, and police gave chase as the driver cruised at speeds of up to 120 mph through the San Fernando Valley.
Fleeing police, the suspect continued to drive recklessly as he wove through traffic, drove over margins, nearly hit a pedestrian and lead police on and off several freeways in his frantic attempt to escape. The suspect got into two minor collisions as he fled police, though nobody was harmed. Eventually, the suspect lead police onto the 118, and eventually the 14 freeway, exiting near Avenue N in Palmdale.
Despite several attempts by police to stop the vehicle, the suspect eventually made his way into a residential area in Palmdale. In the neighborhood, a passenger in the truck leaped out of the vehicle and ran away on foot while the suspect continued to speed through the town. Police were finally able to get the vehicle to stop near 25th Street and Rancho Vista Blvd. when they executed a PIT maneuver, causing the suspect to lose control of his truck and slam head-on into a Honda Accord. Luckily for the people in the Honda, they were uninjured and able to escape.
Initially, the suspect refused to exit the vehicle when ordered to do so by police, but he was eventually taken into custody. The suspect, Sean Christopher Druschel, of Palmdale, was arrested at about 7 pm and charged with felony evasion.