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Police were in pursuit of a suspected stolen U-Haul truck going southbound on the 405 Freeway from Los Angeles County to Orange County area Monday night.

Newschopper4 was over the chase around 8:50 p.m. as the U-Haul was traveling southbound on the 405 Freeway. Buena Park police initially started the pursuit but the California Highway Police was assisting, the CHP said.

The U-Haul was suspected stolen, the CHP said.

The driver traveled south past Huntington Beach and took Harbor Boulevard through various Orange County cities, including Costa Mesa and Fountain Valley.

Eventually, the driver decided to take the 22 Freeway westbound heading back towards the 405 Freeway in the Garden Grove area.

The driver ended up taking the northbound 405 Freeway and was heading towards Long Beach.

After what appeared to be a successful spike strip, the U-Haul’s front left tire began to smoke. Eventually, the driver came to a stop on the freeway, but then continued and lost the front tire while swerving, doing a u-turn and then exiting in Long Beach.

Down one tire, the driver led police on a chase on Long Beach Boulevard and other surface streets, occasionally driving on the wrong side of the street. A short time later, the front right tire also seemed to be damaged and the U-Haul began to spark.

The driver entered a gas station at one point and nearly hit a couple customer vehicles, while running into a pole before backing out and continuing the chase.

Please check back for updates.

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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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