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Authorities Pursue Vehicle Suspected of Towing Stolen Trailer on 110 Freeway in San Gabriel Valley

Posted September 18

— Officials chasing a vehicle suspected of towing a stolen trailer across several freeways in the San Gabriel Valley and northeast Los Angeles area, as well as surface streets in downtown L.A., on Monday.

The pursuit began around 12:30 p.m. near the intersection of Fourth Street and Haven Avenue in Rancho Cucamonga, according to Jodi Miller with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.

Two people were in the vehicle that was pulling the trailer. Authorities were treating the situation as if the individuals were armed, although they had no confirmation on that.

"We want to treat every pursuit as if the suspect is armed. We don't have confirmation on that," California Highway Patrol Officer Juan Galvan said.

A vehicle trailing a trailer is limited to 55 mph under the law, he noted, adding that at higher speeds, the trailer could begin to fishtail or could get unhitched and "become a projectile in itself."

Sheriff's officials had been in pursuit but the California Highway Patrol assumed control of the incident around 1:50 p.m., just before Sky5 was overhead. CHP was notified of the incident around 12:45 p.m., according to Galvan.

The dark-colored truck with a camper shell was seen carrying the small, enclosed trailer down the carpool lane. It was not clear what the trailer contained.

The driver appeared committed to heading west on the 10 Freeway, passing opportunities to merge onto other routes such as the 710 Freeway to Long Beach.

The vehicle exited the 10 Freeway at Alameda Street just after 2 p.m. and began using surface streets in downtown Los Angeles.

The driver was weaving through lanes of traffic on both sides of the road on a meandering path through the busy downtown area, often barely avoiding colliding with other motorists. A group of five CHP patrol SUVs were on the vehicle's tail.

Around 2:15 p.m., the truck reentered the freeway, choosing this time to head north on the 110 Freeway, but soon exited elsewhere in downtown L.A., on Sixth Street, near many towering buildings. However, the vehicle eventually got back on the 110 Freeway heading north toward Pasadena.

Once the freeway terminated, the driver began heading through the downtown Pasadena area before getting onto the eastbound 210 Freeway from the 134 Freeway interchange at about 2:30 p.m.

About ten minutes later, the driver pulled stopped the vehicle on the shoulder of the freeway just before the Michillinda Avenue exit in Pasadena. Both the driver and passenger stuck their hands out the windows in a show of surrender.

The driver exited the vehicle first and was taken into custody without further incident, followed by the passenger. Both appeared to be men.

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