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Authorities Identify Woman Involved in Wrong-Way Chase That Led to 405 Freeway Collision

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West Los Angeles was the site of a dramatic vehicular pursuit that concluded last week with a harrowing multi-vehicle collision on the 405 Freeway. Los Angeles District Attorney’s office has released the identity of the driver responsible.

Lisa Ann Heflin, 41, is facing a spectrum of charges, including ten counts of assault on a peace officer, four counts of assault with a deadly weapon, and allegations of reckless driving and hit-and-run in the chase that occurred on May 17. On Wednesday, she entered a plea of not guilty to these charges.

The incident began in the early hours around 4:30 a.m. when Los Angeles Police Department’s Pacific Division responded to a disturbance call in a Venice neighborhood. A local explained to NBC4 that the woman, apparently homeless, had been causing a commotion outside an apartment complex and disturbing residents all night.

When the police arrived on the scene and tried to approach her, Heflin, who was the subject of the disturbance report, entered a white van, struck a police car with her vehicle, and fled de scene. The ensuing chase lasted approximately half an hour and spanned multiple cities. It reached a peak of intensity when Heflin, in a desperate attempt to evade capture, entered the northbound lanes of the 405 Freeway driving in the opposite direction of traffic.

Source: NBC Los Angeles