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Suspect carjacks victim at Fontana gas station, leads police on cross-county pursuit

Lengthy pursuit with stolen vehicle suspect ends when truck blows tire
Lengthy pursuit with stolen vehicle suspect ends when truck blows tire 01:13:13

Police from the Inland Empire pursued a carjacking suspect from Fontana to Magic Mountain Thursday night. 

The carjacking happened at about 7:15 p.m. when the driver held the victim at gunpoint, according to the Fontana Police Department. Officers spotted the car shortly after and started the pursuit. The victim did not sustain any injuries. 

While the chase started in Fontana, the suspect drove slowly onto the I-10 Freeway and continued into the San Gabriel Valley.

With hazard lights flashing, the driver successfully avoided a spike strip that police had thrown across the freeway's westbound lanes. Eventually, the suspect traversed eastern L.A. County and downtown before driving through the San Fernando Valley.

After reaching the Van Nuys area, the suspect entered the 405 Freeway. With multiple police cars behind the suspect, the pursuit continued onto the I-5 north in Newhall. 

It continued relatively slowly until the suspect blew a tire near Six Flags Magic Mountain.

While the suspect was surrendering to police, officers released a K9 on him shortly after he turned to face police. 

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