Authorities are in pursuit of a stolen U-Haul in the Long Beach area Monday evening. Sky5 is overhead.

At 9:06 p.m., the truck was driving along Harbor Boulevard in Santa Ana, making its way past Westminster Avenue and traveling into Garden Grove.

Within two minutes, the truck was on the 22 Freeway in Garden Grove as at least two patrol vehicles with flashing emergency lights continued following. At 9:12 p.m., the truck was entering the Seal Beach area as it stayed on the 22 Freeway.

By 9:15 p.m., the vehicle was driving northbound on the 405 Freeway in the Long Beach area, near where the 22 and 405 freeways merge. Sky5 captured what appeared to be a cardboard sign with $19.99 written across it covering the truck’s windshield.

At 9:21 p.m., the truck stopped for a moment before attempting to exit the freeway, briefly driving into some bushes before managing to get off the highway. Three minutes later, the U-Haul was on surface streets and entered a parking lot near Long Beach Boulevard and Wardlow Road.

The truck left the lot without stopping and started to drive northbound along Long Beach Boulevard.

As Sky5 was overhead at 9:28 p.m., the driver appeared to toss something out the window as he or she continued driving along Long Beach. The truck’s front tire on the driver’s side appeared to be missing, with the vehicle’s bare metal rims scraping along the ground as the chase continued.

At 9:33 p.m., the truck ended up going in the opposite direction, southbound, along Long Beach Boulevard. Both front tires appeared to be missing from the vehicle as it drove into a gas stattion parking lot near Long Beach Boulevard and Victoria Street, hitting a pole and nearly hitting another vehicle before leaving the lot.

Near Long Beach Boulevard and E. 49th Street, the U-Haul rammed a parked car before driving off.

Check back for updates to this developing story.


By Arlene Huff

Arlene Huff is the founding member of Golden State Online. Before that She was a general assignment reporter. A native Californian, she graduated from the University of California with a degree in medical anthropology and global health. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

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