Suspect, 23, is charged with hit and run after driving white Porsche Cayenne into crowded Los Angeles street fair where thousands were gathered, injuring six
- Six people were injured after a driver crashed right through a street carnival in South Los Angeles on Saturday night
- The incident happened at around 8pm in the South Central area of LA
- Police officers had tried to pull over the driver of a white Porsche Cayenne, Steven Weems, 23, from Mississippi, but he refused to stop
- Driver plowed through railings and into the carnival on the street where around 2,000 people were out and about
A man alleged to have driven his SUV straight through a packed Los Angeles street carnival injuring several people, has been charged with a felony.
Steven Weems, 23, from Mississippi was arrested on Saturday night and charged with a felony hit-and-run and is now being held in custody on $50,000 bail.
Weems was allegedly fleeing from police in a white Porsche Cayenne after officers had tried to pull him over for a traffic stop.
The powerful car sped away crashing into railings bordering a carnival in the South Central area of Los Angeles where around 2,000 people were out on the streets.
Video shows the terrifying moment people rushed for safety after a Porsche SUV plowed through a crowd at a street carnival in Los Angeles on Saturday, injuring six people
Witnesses at the carnival said that they were waiting in line for rides and food when some say they heard what sounded like gunshots, while others heard a loud boom
Many carnival goers were waiting in line for rides when a loud boom could be heard that sounded like gunshots. It sent people screaming and running in all directions.
Citizen video captured the chaotic scene as carnival guests panicked.
Video showed several people running to safety. Six people all between the ages of 30 and 50 suffered minor injuries the LAPD revealed on Sunday.
‘It is a blessing that no one actually got severely injured,’ said police Sgt. Robert Leary to 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.
Video shot at the scene shows people fleeing in fear after the car plowed into the crowd
An aerial view shows the carnival in Los Angeles after an SUV plowed through a crowd
The victims hurt in the incident, all between the ages of 30 and 50, were transported to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries
‘It looks like the driver tried to get out of the fair, but because of the barricades, he was unable to get out so he continued through the crowd of people, which we estimate was between a thousand to 2,000 people,’ Leary explained.
The vehicle was found three blocks away from the crash scene, reports ABC 7.
It’s unclear if Weems was under the influence of some sort of substance or alcohol.
He was arrested shortly after the incident at about 8:30 pm on Saturday and booked early on Sunday.
Emergency personnel can be seen on site as they deal with the injured
A view from above shows emergency services attending to the injured on the scene
The street carnival is covered in police tape following the frightening incident