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May 22, 2024: Woman Charged in High-Speed Pursuit in Los Angeles, 405 Freeway

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Lisa Ann Heflin is charged with leading Los Angeles Police officers on a multi-city high-speed pursuit that ended on the 405 Freeway 

LOS ANGELES, CA – Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced today that a woman has been charged with leading Los Angeles Police officers on a high-speed pursuit throughout Los Angeles that ended in a multi-vehicle crash on the northbound 405 Freeway on May 17.

“I am grateful that the civilians and law enforcement officers involved in this reckless incident were not seriously harmed,” District Attorney Gascón said. “Reckless driving and endangering the lives of others is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated in our community. Our office will work to hold the responsible individual accountable for their actions.”

Lisa Ann Heflin (dob 3/28/83) is charged in case 24ARCF00739 with 10 counts of assault upon a peace officer; four counts of assault with a deadly weapon; one count of fleeing a pursuing peace officer’s motor vehicle while driving recklessly; and one count of hit-and-run driving resulting in property damage.

Heflin pleaded not guilty to all charges at arraignment on May 22.

A preliminary hearing setting 0/30 is scheduled on June 20 in Dept. 31 of the Airport Courthouse.

On May 17, at approximately 4:30 a.m., the Los Angeles Police Department’s Pacific Division responded to a disturbance call where they encountered Heflin. When approached by officers, Heflin allegedly got into her vehicle, crashed into a police vehicle and proceeded to lead officers on a 30-minute, high-speed pursuit throughout the cities of Venice Beach, Santa Monica, and West Los Angeles before entering the northbound 405 Freeway and crashing into multiple vehicles.

In total, five police vehicles, two civilian vehicles and a tractor trailer were damaged during the pursuit.

None of the victims sustained significant injuries.

If convicted as charged, the maximum sentence is 22 years and eight months in state prison.

The court has set bail at $695,000.

The case is being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department.