Authorities Chase Truck For Nearly Two Hours; Driver, Passenger In Custody

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A motorist in a stolen pickup truck led authorities today on a nearly two-hour chase from the Pomona area to south Los Angeles -- at one point going the wrong way on a freeway, ramming two vehicles and briefly driving on a sidewalk -- before being taken into custody along with a passenger.

The pursuit began about 10 a.m. when officers tried to stop the truck on the westbound San Bernardino (10) Freeway because it had been reported stolen, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The chase led to the southbound Harbor (110) Freeway and into south Los Angeles, where the Los Angeles Police Department became involved.

The suspect exited the 110 Freeway and then went over a circuitous route on city streets in the general area of Manchester and Central avenues, followed by patrol vehicles on the ground and monitored by helicopter crews.

About 11 a.m., the suspect began driving north on the southbound 110, and became involved in a head-on crash, but kept going.

Around 11:30 a.m., the truck got stuck in traffic and the motorist -- apparently blocked in -- rammed another truck and police approached with guns drawn. The motorist managed to keep going, however, but a tire apparently was damaged in the process.

The subsequent slow-speed pursuit led to the area of 78th and Main streets, where the truck stopped and the driver and a passenger were taken into custody about 11:50 a.m. without further incident.

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