DUI suspect on horse leads Whittier police on chase, crash
A police officer in Whittier is under investigation. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) less A police officer in Whittier is under investigation. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
HELENA – A Whittier police officer is under investigation after a man who police said was driving while intoxicated and leading the vehicle on a chase crashed into a cop car Monday evening before being taken into custody.
The chase started about 5:40 p.m. in the 200 block of West Hill Road, authorities said.
The chase ended a short time later in the 100 block of West Colby Avenue, where the suspect, who police said was not wearing a seatbelt, was allegedly arrested for drunken driving, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which is investigating the crash along with the Whittier Police Department.
The Whittier Police Department’s public information officer, Nicole Williams, said the man who was arrested was a Whittier police officer but is not currently assigned to the department. The man was put into county jail in lieu of $1000 bail on charges of driving while under the influence and driving with a suspended license, according to Williams.
Whittier police said the suspect, whose name was not immediately released, was taken to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center for evaluation.
A DUI suspect on horse leads Whittier police on chase
Whittier police said the driver of the vehicle was identified by investigators as 23-year-old Jacob Oluen-Amin, who is a transient who has been staying with friends in a room at the Fairmont Pacific Springs Inn and Suites on East Hill Road.
Whittier police said a deputy was also dispatched to the intersection of West Hill Road and West Colby Avenue to assist with a report of a suspect driving on horseback near the intersection.
The deputy saw a vehicle with a man seated on a horse, which police said did not appear to be a horse at all. The deputy