Carjacking suspect arrested after pursuit through Southern California
Police pursued a carjacking suspect across multiple counties and freeways in Southern California on Thursday night.
The male suspect was believed to be armed and driving a stolen red pickup truck, according to California Highway Patrol.
The pursuit began around 8 p.m. with six patrol units from Fontana police chasing the suspect. The pursuit traveled on the westbound 10 freeway as they passed through downtown L.A.
The driver merged onto the northbound 101 toward the San Fernando Valley, later to the northbound 405 Freeway and then to the 5 northbound.
A spike strip was deployed at one point, but the driver spotted it and was able to quickly dodge it.
A second spike strip was deployed under a bridge but was also unsuccessful. A third spike strip was deployed on the 5 freeway near the Six Flags Magic Mountain area, successfully deflating the truck’s tires and bringing the pursuit to an end.
As the driver stopped and stepped out of the truck with his hands in the air, officers ordered him to walk backward towards them. The man suddenly turned his head toward officers, prompting a K-9 to immediately attack.
Officers tackled the man to the ground out of caution as he was believed to be armed. He was placed into handcuffs and loaded into a patrol car.
The pursuit lasted over an hour and a half as the driver maintained moderate speeds throughout the chase. He traveled through multiple freeways and counties while his hazard lights remained flashing the entire time.
It’s unclear where the stolen vehicle was initially taken from, but the truck’s registration is traced back to the West Covina area.