When police tried to pull over a suspected drunk driver late Friday night, he decided to make a run for it, setting off a high-speed pursuit on the southbound lanes of the Golden State Freeway.
According to Burbank Police, officers first observed a car being driven recklessly in the area of Empire Ave. and Buena Vista St. Believing the driver might be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the officers made a traffic stop on the vehicle on San Fernando Blvd. at Winona St. They observed two adult men in the front seats of the car. Due to the dark tinted windows on the car, the officers could not determine if there were other occupants in the car. When the officers approached the car, the driver sped away, entering the southbound Golden State Freeway at Buena Vista St.
Almost immediately, the driver shut off the headlights on the car, as he sped down the freeway. With police right behind him, the suspect reached speeds in excess of 90 miles per hour. The driver eventually pulled over to the side of the freeway near the Glendale Blvd. off-ramp shortly after midnight. Other police units blocked the freeway, shutting down all Southbound lanes for about 10 minutes while the suspects were taken into custoday. Officers initiated a “felony stop” and removed the two men from the car at gunpoint. Much to the officers’ horror, when they looked in the backseat of the car they found a 10 year-old girl. Fortunately, during the pursuit, there were no accidents and no one was injured.
The two men in the car were transported to the Burbank Jail. The driver, Luis Villalvazo, 32, of Los Angeles, was arrested for felony child endangerment, felony evading, and driving under the influence. His bail was set at $175,000. He is due to appear in Burbank Superior Court on Tuesday. The passenger, Marcos Villalvazo, 40, of Southgate was arrested on an outstanding no bail felony warrant, and turned over to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The 10 year-old girl was released to a family member.