2 Critically Hurt as Chase Ends in Crash

After leading police on a five-mile chase, a motorist crashed into a wall on Roscoe Boulevard on Friday night, critically injuring himself and a passenger, authorities said.

One of the men was ejected from the compact car and the second had to be extricated from the wreckage by firefighters, said Brian Humphrey, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The crash occurred about 8:50 p.m. on Roscoe Boulevard just west of Reseda Boulevard, according to authorities. Roscoe remained closed late Friday, authorities said. Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Van Nuys Division said the chase began on Roscoe Boulevard in the Van Nuys area. They did not know why the men--who had not been identified, but were believed to be in their 20s--sped away.

One of the men was taken to Northridge Hospital Medical Center and the other to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, Humphrey said.

No other injuries were reported, he said.