Chase: Big rig catches on fire, suspect in custody after lengthy pursuit through SoCal

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — A lengthy chase of a stolen big rig ended with the suspect’s apprehension as the cab of the truck erupted in flames on the shoulder of the 210 Freeway in Rancho Cucamonga.The chase came to an end around 12:10 a.m. Thursday when authorities took the suspect into custody after he ditched the truck and tried hiding out in a nearby residential neighborhood.Authorities used spike strips on the big rig, causing the suspect to drive on shredded tires. Sparks began to fly from the big rig and the cab eventually caught on fire near the Haven Avenue exit on the 210.AIR7 HD was initially over the pursuit around 11:15 p.m. Wednesday when the fleeing suspect was driving on the 5 Freeway in the San Fernando Valley.The chase headed toward the San Gabriel Valley, where the driver continued to flee amid light traffic.There were moments when the suspect drove erratically and got close to another big rig on the road, but the big rig showed noticeable signs of slowing down once authorities were successful in using spike strips.When the chase reached the Inland Empire, a part of the big rig’s bumper had come off and the driver appeared to have difficulty controlling the truck.After the big rig came to a stop, the suspect tried running away but was soon located and placed in handcuffs by the California Highway Patrol.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.