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Pursuit Ends When Stolen Truck Crashes Into Lake Forest Gas Station

LAKE FOREST, Calif. – A hot police pursuit came to a halt on Saturday (Aug. 29) after the suspect crashed into a Lake Forest gas station, said authorities.

It all began in the city of Yorba Linda just before 2 p.m. when deputies detected a LoJack signal near the 91 Freeway at Yorba Linda Boulevard, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

There happened to be a sheriff’s helicopter in the vicinity, which helped deputies identify the source and location of the LoJack signal. The signal led them to a stolen 2004 Ford F-250 truck traveling southbound on the California 241 toll road, which had just exited the 91 Freeway.

The Ford exited onto Santiago Canyon Road, and headed southbound through Silverado Canyon. According to the Sheriff’s Department, deputies tried to initiate a traffic stop at the intersection of El Toro Road and Live Oak Canyon Road, but the male driver refused to cooperate and pull over.

The suspect was pursued for 2 to 3 miles, as he was driving westbound on El Toro Road before he clipped another vehicle at Trabuco Road, said investigators.

Collision Captured on Ariel Video

The accident caused the suspect to lose control of the truck, sending the truck over a curb before it slammed into a service bay at a gas station. The ariel video from the helicopter captured the collision.

The suspect was approximately 40-years-old and wasn’t wearing a shirt. After crashing the truck, he fled the scene on foot, and headed for a nearby apartment complex, according to a news release from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

As the suspect ran from the police, he was followed by the chopper, quickly apprehended and taken into police custody.

The suspect refused to cooperate with the deputies and couldn’t be positively identified until his finger prints were compared to government records.

The Ford truck was stolen from San Diego the day before.

The man was arrested on suspicion of DUI, felony evading, delaying or obstructing a peace officer, and possession of stolen property, KTLA 5 reported.

The judge was expected to set the suspect’s bail after the authorities confirmed his identity. He was scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 1.

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