Suspected street racer arrested after crashing into a La Crescenta home

Street racer crashes into La Crescenta home

Police arrested a suspected street racer after he reportedly crashed into a La Crescenta home Thursday morning.

(Courtesy of the Glendale Police Department)

A suspected street racer was arrested Thursday morning after losing control of his car and crashing into a home in a La Crescenta neighborhood, officials said.

An officer spotted the driver, later identified as 26-year-old Yarwant Melkonian, speeding in the bicycle lane on Foothill Boulevard near Pennsylvania Avenue just before 8:30 a.m., reaching speeds of up to 85 mph in a silver Mercedes, according to Glendale Police spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot.

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While trying to catch up, the officer lost sight of the driver but later learned that he had crashed into a single-family home near Community and Cloud avenues, causing minor structural damage.

The investigation revealed that Melkonian was racing another car, a description of which was not available, Lightfoot said.

No one was injured.

Melkonian was arrested on suspicion of driving on a suspended license and street racing.


Alene Tchekmedyian,

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