Car slams into home while being followed by authorities in Athens

“I just told them, ‘Please don’t hurt us, please,'” a woman said in an interview at the scene. SOUTH LOS ANGELES (KABC) — A car was being followed by sheriff’s deputies Monday evening when it slammed through an iron gate and into the front of an occupied home in Athens, authorities said.No one was injured in the incident, which occurred shortly before midnight in the unincorporated area near 121st and Main streets, according to a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Century station. The driver later lost control of the sedan and plowed into the residence.It was unclear exactly how many people were inside the house at the time of the crash, or if the motorist was under the influence.After the collision, the occupants of the vehicle allegedly demanded that the residents tell authorities that they were related to the suspects and to hide them. Officials initially said the crash happened at the end of a chase, but later clarified that deputies had made no attempt to pull over or stop the vehicle. Authorities began following the Dodge Charger after they observed the suspect driving erratically, according to the department. “I heard my grandmother crying. I said, ‘Please, just let me get to my grandmother.’ That was my main concern.”The driver and a passenger were subsequently arrested, authorities said, and a third suspect was being sought.