Deputies Nab Stolen Truck Suspect In Long Beach After Dangerous Pursuit

LONG BEACH  (CBSLA)  — Sheriff’s Deputies chased a stolen truck suspect in and around Whittier, Lakewood and Long Beach Thursday afternoon.

There was one occupant in the vehicle, authorities said.

Stu Mundel followed the chase in Sky9.

The suspect often drove on the wrong side of the road. He also ran several red lights. He crossed several medians and went on the sidewalk at least twice.

Mundel said he was driving recklessly throughout most of the pursuit.

“This guy is desperate to get away and deputies are desperate to get him into custody,” Mundel reported.

The suspect was also allegedly armed.

The chase went through Wittier, Buena Park, Lakewood and Long Beach where it culminated.

On Lakewood Boulevard in Long Beach, the driver started driving  slowly with his door open.

A dozen Sheriff’s Deputy vehicles followed. Deputies got out with guns drawn.

The suspect got out of the truck with his hands up and surrendered to authorities.

Thursday evening, the suspect remained behind bars.

KCAL9’s Stacey Butler reported a replica handgun was recovered at the scene.

No one was injured, authorities said.

 

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