SoCal Big Rig Chase Turns Into Freeway Standoff – NBC Los Angeles

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The driver of a stolen big rig led California Highway Patrol officers on a chase Wednesday night from East Los Angeles to Ventura County and east to Commerce.

The eight-hour chase turned into an overnight standoff on the 55 Freeway in Santa Ana that continued into Thursday morning.

The chase began after the big rig was stolen around 8:14 p.m. from a food service lot at Fifth and Indiana streets in East Los Angeles, CHP Officer Patrick Kimball confirmed.

An employee of Individual Food Service, a Bell-based food service company, called police to report the tractor trailer he was driving was stolen. CHP pursued the driver with helicopters and patrol vehicles and attempted to slow the suspect using spike strips five times on the Ronald Regan and Ventura freeways, causing blowouts to the rig’s front and back tires but the suspect did not stop, Kimball said.

Two of the 18-wheeler’s tires were blown completely off the rig. Just before 11 p.m. three additional attempts with the spike strips were used to no avail, Kimball said.

The big rig also was on the Hollywood (101) Freeway before continuing south on the 5 Freeway into Commerce.

The driver stopped around 4 a.m. on the 55 Freeway in Santa Ana, where the standoff continued Thursday morning.

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