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Driver in pickup truck arrested after pursuit in Los Angeles

Stolen vehicle suspect leads wild pursuit through San Gabriel Valley
Stolen vehicle suspect leads wild pursuit through San Gabriel Valley 02:25

Authorities chased a driver wanted for stealing a vehicle in the Lakewood area Tuesday morning.

The driver was in a white pickup truck heading northbound on the I-710 Freeway before exiting on to surface streets.

Police in Alhambra were tracking the suspect around 11 a.m. as the suspect appeared to be driving in circles on local streets.

Authorities were closely following the suspect, but pulled away from the chase due to the suspect's erratic driving. It turned into a pursuit around 12 p.m. as the driver continued to drive dangerously.


The suspect drove over sidewalks and yards. They also hit a large wooden pole after getting stuck in a parking lot. 


During the chase, the driver made a quick stop at a gas station to grab something before taking off again. Around 12:30 p.m., the driver continued to led authorities on a chase through surface streets in San Gabriel Valley.

At one point, the suspect drove past George Ratkobich's office, who saw something even more out of the ordinary. 

"Someone left a bag for him at the gas station," Ratkobich said. "He circled around and picked it up."

The chase lasted for over an hour before the driver got out of the pickup truck and attempted to run away, prompting a bizarre scene outside of a home in Alhambra, near the intersection of N. Garfield Avenue and McLean Street. 

He appeared to hug a young woman before he was restrained by an unidentified man who forced him to sit in a lawn chair until officers arrived to take him into custody. 

The relationship between the suspect and the people at the end of the chase is under investigation. 

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