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Newport Beach: Two Injured in Police Chase Crash

Posted on Feb 21, 2014

At about 10 p.m. on Thursday, February 20, 2014, two people were injured when a police chase ended in a crash in Newport Beach, reported the Orange County Register. The pursuit started at the intersection of Cliff Drive and Riverside Avenue when 43-year-old Benjamin Scanlan refused to stop his black Mercedes-Benz for officers. The chase ended at the intersection of Dover and Mariner drives when Scanlan collided with a red sedan. Emergency responders transported both drivers to an area hospital. Authorities arrested Scanlan on suspicion of felony driving under the influence with great bodily injury.


The California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records indicate that motor vehicle collisions claimed the lives of or caused injury to 540 people in Newport Beach in 2011. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 69 of those crashes. The OTS compares the accident data of similarly sized cities and ranks those with the poorest records the highest, starting at 1st place. For years, Newport Beach has ranked among the worst for DUI crashes, placing 7th out of 102 cities with populations of between 50,001 and 100,000 that year.


When one motorist’s negligence causes harm to another, the victim may file a personal injury claim against the at-fault party in order to obtain compensation for medical bills, lost earnings, and pain and suffering. For more information on the personal injury claims process, please call 888-752-7474 or contact us online.


Everyone at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the two drivers who were injured in the crash involving the police chase. 

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