West Hollywood experienced more than its normal level of drama today with the arrests of drivers of two stolen cars, one of which crashed into a Metro bus.
The first incident occurred around 10:30 a.m. at the intersection of La Brea and Fountain Avenues. A man driving a Mercedes-Benz collided with a Metro bus carrying more than a dozen passengers.
Sheriff’s Deputy Frank Diana said the man was arrested on the scene. Diana said there is no suggestion of serious injury to any of the bus passengers.
A somewhat more dramatic incident occurred around noon today when Sheriff’s deputies and Los Angeles Police officers honed in on a man driving a stolen BMW on Hancock Avenue just north of Santa Monica Boulevard.
That incident drew a small crowd because of the helicopter hovering overhead and a group of officers with rifles and pistols drawn who arrested the driver.
The capture was executed by members of TRAP (Taskforce for Regional Autotheft Prevention). TRAP is a collaborative effort by the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department and the Los Angeles Police Department. Deputy Diana said the officers were able to track the man because the car had a lojack installed, which is a device that emits a GPS tracking signal.