In Southern California, Police Are Looking for a Carjacking Suspect
Across many counties and roads in Southern California, police chased a carjacking suspect on Thursday night.
The California Highway Patrol said the male suspect was using a stolen red pickup vehicle and was thought to be armed.
Six patrol units from Fontana police started after the suspect at around 8 p.m. The pursuit went into downtown Los Angeles on the westbound 10 highway.
After merging onto the northbound 405 Freeway and then the northbound 5 Freeway, the driver continued on the northbound 101 Freeway, heading toward the San Fernando Valley.
At one point, a spike strip was released, but the driver saw it coming and managed to avoid it in time.
Under a bridge, a second spike strip was installed, but it was likewise ineffective. The truck’s tires were effectively deflated by the deployment of a third spike strip on the 5 highway close to Six Flags Magic Mountain, ending the pursuit.
Officers told the driver to turn around and come back towards them as he pulled to a stop and got out of the truck, raising his hands in the air. When the man abruptly turned his head to face the officers, a K-9 launched an attack.
Because they thought the man was armed, the officers cautiously tackled him to the ground. He was put into a cop car and given handcuffs.
The motorist kept a moderate speed throughout the more than hour and a half-long pursuit. His hazard lights never stopped blinking as he drove across several counties and freeways.
Although the original location of the stolen car is unknown, the truck’s registration points to the West Covina region.