The driver who allegedly plowed his SUV through a crowded street carnival was charged with a felony in connection with the terrifying scene that injured several people, according to police.
Steven Weems, 23, of Mississippi, was arrested and charged with felony hit-and-run on Saturday night, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. According to the LAPD, he’s being held on $50,000 bail.
Authorities said seven people were injured after Weems allegedly fled police in a white Porsche Cayenne after officers attempted to pull him over for a traffic stop around 8:20 p.m.
The flashy car crashed into a cement rail and into the carnival in the city’s historic South Central area where about 2,000 people were enjoying the event, authorities said.
“It is a blessing that no one actually got severely injured,” police Sgt. Robert Leary told the Los Angeles Times. “It was quite hectic, so I think people saw this car coming in and thankfully they got out of the way in time.”
The vehicle was later found three blocks from the crash scene, police said, according to ABC 7.
Weems was arrested around 8:30 p.m. Saturday and booked early Sunday, according to police.