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After eluding police, man arrested for hit and run crash and DUI

UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 9, 2019

After eluding police officers earlier in the day, a 20-year-old man was arrested for allegedly causing a crash on Sunset Boulevard and running away.

Police first approached Clirim Ramushi, 20, after seeing him leave the Motel 6 on Sunset Highway and Rustle Road. After realizing his vehicle had been reported stolen, officers tried to stop him and he sped off on the wrong side of Sunset Highway, putting other drivers in danger. Police stopped pursuing him.

A short time later, a Liquor and Cannabis Board officer contacted the police department about a vehicle matching the description of the one Ramushi was driving. Witnesses told police he had lost control of his car, crossed the center line and crashed into another vehicle. After the crash, Ramushi fled and a passenger from the other vehicle chased him. A witness who saw the crash also chased Ramushi, and they stopped him near North Maple Street and West Pacific Avenue, where police had set up a perimeter. He was taken to the hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening, then arrested.

Ramushi, who had a separate arrest warrant from the Department of Corrections and was also arrested for possessing a stolen vehicle, attempting to elude law enforcement, felony hit-and-run, possession of a controlled substance, DUI, reckless driving and driving with a suspended license.

The victims in the other vehicle were released at the scene and sustained bumps and bruises.

Ramushi was convicted last year for taking a motor vehicle without permission, vehicle theft and third-degree assault.

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