On the morning of Wednesday, May 30, California Highway Patrol chased a man who had carjacked a vehicle from Pasadena to Burbank, where the pursuit came to an end.
Earlier that morning, California Highway Patrol responded to calls about a grey SUV driving erratically in Pasadena. After the driver reportedly crashed into a white SUV on the 210 Freeway near San Gabriel, he carjacked the victim’s vehicle and drove westbound.
After the suspect’s failed attempt to carjack a Metro Freeway service patrol car, police followed him as he got off the freeway in Burbank and drove on Riverside Dr.
Soon, the suspect started to drive on wrong side of the road, into oncoming traffic, and onto the sidewalk and the grass, hitting other vehicles in the process.
The suspect then exited the vehicle and attempted to run away from police. An officer chased the suspect, who ran back to the stolen vehicle and began driving with the door open, swerving the SUV onto the grass in desperation to avoid arrest. The officer was able to pull the suspect from the driver’s seat and arrest him.
Burbank Firefighters along with Burbank Police were called to Riverside Drive and Reese Place Sunday afternoon after getting reports of a van on fire, which turned out to be a classic 1977 VW Van in fact.
Burbank Firefighters work to extinguish this VW Van fire. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)
Longtime Burbank resident and former Lochkeed employee, Ed Ricksecker, was taking his 1977 Green VW Van to the mechanic for some engine work with his wife following behind in another vehicle Sunday.
While in the area of Riverside Drive and Reese Place, his wife saw the engine catch fire, honking for him to stop. Seeing heavy smoke, Ed pulled over and shortly after Burbank Police Officer and K9 handler John Embelton was on scene and attempted to put the fire out with his Department Fire Extinguisher.
Ed Ricksecker van owner looks at what’s left of his 77 VW Van Popup. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)
Minutes later Burbank Engine 15 arrived on scene and finally extinguished the blaze. The engine being made of Magnesium, which was hard to extinguish, forcing Firefighters had to use a dry chemical extinguisher and water on the interior. The van was sadly destroyed.
Mr. Ricksecker had bought the VW Van Popup new back in 1977 and said that the van has been everywhere across the United States, including Alaska. It had made it to the White House a couple of times and had over 300,000 miles on it.
Ed Ricksecker and his wife talk to Capt. Mark Hatch after his beloved 77 VW Van caught fire Sunday afternoon.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)