CIVIC CENTER -- A Glendale parolee pleaded not guilty Tuesday in
Burbank Municipal Court to charges stemming from a high-speed chase in
which he allegedly led police through three communities in a stolen car.
Christopher Kolody, 27, is facing four felony charges: evading a
police officer, battery on a police officer, obstructing a police officer
and grand theft auto, court officials said.
The chase began Saturday at 4:03 a.m. in the 3700 block of Victory
Boulevard when Burbank police spotted Kolody driving a 1993 white Ford
Aerostar with a rear license plate that belonged to another van, said
Burbank Police Lt. Larry Koch.
When the officers tried to stop Kolody, he quickly turned left and
accelerated down an alley, Koch said. The van turned onto Vineland Avenue
in North Hollywood and a high-speed pursuit ensued, he said.
“He was not stopping, slowing or yielding,” Koch said. “He ran several
red lights -- going more than 90 mph on Vineland Avenue -- and swerved
Koch said Kolody -- who is on parole for a previous felony grand theft
auto -- was lucky he did not cause any accidents during the pursuit.
Kolody attempted to run from the pursuing officers when the Ford spun out
near the intersection of Stagg Street and Ensign Avenue in Sun Valley,
Burbank officers tackled the suspect after he jumped over a fence.
The Aerostar was reported stolen Friday in the west San Fernando
Valley, police said.
Kolody was being held Tuesday in a county jail on $85,000 bail, court
officials said. He is scheduled to return to court Dec. 16 for a