Cypress Man Under Influence Drives Car Onto Manhattan Beach Pier: Police

A man was booked on felony charges of evading police early Thursday morning after driving his car into a lifeguard station on Manhattan Beach Pier.

The car ended up 100 feet down the pier, according to the Manhattan Beach Police Department. No one was injured.

Cypress resident Devin Ashley Chavez, 28, was charged with misdemeanor counts of cocaine possession and driving under the influence, along with the police evasion charge, a police press release said.

Chavez apparently sped off after a Manhattan Beach Police Officer pulled in behind his car, which had no lights on, near Pacific Elementary School, the release said.

The car sped off, police allege, and despite the officer backing off Chavez's car, it crashed through a barrier, careened off the lifeguard station and ended up colliding into a cement bench approximately 100 fee down the pier.

The station sustained minimal damage, while the pier received no permanent damage and opened to the public Thursday.

Manhattan Beach Pier is 928 feet long, with a small aquarium a the end.

Hetty Chang contributed to this report.

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