Van Nuys Car Chase Ends in Glendale; Woman Arrested

Michael J. Arvizu
El Vaquero Staff Writer

A West Hills woman was arrested Tuesday morning after she led police on a street chase that stretched from Van Nuys to Burbank, finally ending in Glendale about a mile west of Glendale Community College.

Devi Jordan, 27, was being held in lieu of $35,000 bail at Glendale City Jail on Tuesday on suspicion of driving a stolen car and driving under influence. She was arraigned Thursday in Glendale.

Beginning in Van Nuys at about 10:30 a.m., the chase wound through city streets, sometimes reaching speeds up to 60 mph, according to Glendale Police Sgt. Kirk Palmer.

At 10:36 a.m., Jordan entered Burbank, then left the city and drove into Glendale only to return to Burbank a short time later, where she circumnavigated Burbank High School.

Jordan then drove her 1988 Honda Civic along San Fernando Road, where Los Angeles Police Department squad cars lost her; however, Glendale Police picked up the chase when she was seen driving on Western Avenue and Glenoaks Boulevard in Glendale at 10:49 a.m., said Palmer.

The pursuit ended when police followed Jordan into a cul-de-sac on Misty Isle Drive where police boxed in Jordan. In her attempt to escape, Jordan rammed several police cars. According to Palmer, she was later apprehended only after police officers smashed the driver’s side window and cut Jordan’s seatbelt.

“I live above Greenbriar and Loyal Streets,” said GCC trustee Armine G. Hacopian. “I saw the helicopters and the police cars from my balcony.”

GCC police were not involved in the chase, and there was no report filed with them, GCC police said.