CHP: Supect steals DJ Marshmellow's $350K truck, crashes during pursuit

Posted at 2:12 PM, Nov 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-05 17:12:12-05

(KGTV) — A $350,000 truck belonging to DJ Marshmellow was stolen Wednesday before the suspect led authorities on a pursuit from Malibu to the San Fernando Valley and crashed.

California Highway Patrol said the suspect was seen driving on the wrong side of Malibu Canyon Rd. around 9:40 p.m. and led CHP officers on a chase along eastbound 101 Freeway. Eventually, the suspect exited the freeway in Sherman Oaks, before traveling into Van Nuys.

The suspect drove through the parking lot of a Taco Bell restaurant, before crashing the truck into a light pole near the intersection of Coldwater Canyon Ave. and Vanowen St. at about 10:10 p.m.

The suspect, identified as 27-year-old Edward Cruz, surrendered peacefully to CHP after crashing. He was booked on suspicion of grand theft auto and felony evading police, according to the Los Angeles Times. Investigators said drugs or alcohol may have been involved.

The custom-built black Ford F-550 6x6 was stolen from a dealership and belongs to Marshmello Music, CHP told the LA Times.

Dave Sparks, the truck’s custom designer, posted a video on Instagram saying he had been contacted by Marshmellow's team about the pursuit after he had left it at the dealership to be serviced.

City News Service and the Los Angeles Times contributed to this report.