Suspected Truck Thief in Custody After Leading Southern California Police on Epic Chase

A man who allegedly stole a semi-truck on November 3 and proceeded to lead police on an hours-long chase and standoff in Southern California is now in custody.

At about 8:15 pm on Wednesday evening, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) began chasing the stolen big rig, which was taken from the company yard of Individual FoodService in the city of Bell, California, according to reports.

After learning that the trailer was empty, CHP deployed tire spikes at different locations to puncture the tires of the truck. The suspect continued driving without at least two tires, despite sparks flying out from beneath the vehicle, reports said.

The driver traveled on different freeways in various Los Angeles-area neighborhoods, but the chase eventually came to a stop on the 55 Freeway, south of MacArthur Boulevard in Santa Ana, where police and SWAT members surrounded the stolen truck for hours. The driver eventually exited the cab and surrendered to police around 8:30 am. No injuries were reported, according to local media. Credit: Christina Rojas via Storyful

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