A driver driving a stolen adult transit van with a 93-year-old passenger inside was arrested Thursday after a chase through the streets of the San Fernando Valley.
The manhunt began near Fulton Avenue and Burbank Boulevard in the Van Nuys area after the Golden Age Adult Day Health Care Center van was stolen. Administrator Elliott Galynsky said he received a call from the office about the theft of the van.
“My first reaction was, ‘Is everyone okay? Was there anyone there?
A 93-year-old patient from this center was inside the van when the driver swerved and avoided traffic. The van is equipped with tracking devices, so Galynsky called 911 and reported the van stolen to police. He also followed the tracking system to the van.
The chase ended when the driver stopped at a gate in the driveway of a commercial parking lot in Van Nuys. He was blocked by several patrol cars and handed over to the police.
NewsChopper4’s video showed at least one passenger exiting the van. Paramedics responded to the scene, but there were no immediate reports of hospitalization.
“He’s in good spirits,” Galynsky said of the passenger. “He wasn’t hurt, just shaken up.”
This story first appeared on Telemundo 52’s sister station NBCLA. Click here to read this story in English.
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