The pursuit of a stolen U-Haul truck for more than an hour culminated in the vehicle arson and the suspect’s arrest in the Bellflower area of ​​California.

The incident began in the Buena Park area of ​​Orange County shortly before 5 a.m. when the driver, aboard the truck with an attached trailer, took agents from the California Highway Patrol (CHP) in a manhunt that spanned Orange and Los Angeles counties.

The suspect drove northbound on Highway 5, got off at the Atwater Village area and returned to the southbound highway. Just before 6 a.m., he got onto Highway 605 heading south in the Downey area.

The chase entered Highway 91 in Cerritos heading to Norwalk at approximately 6:02 a.m. Minutes later, the chase headed to Buena Park in Orange County before continuing on to Anaheim.

At approximately 6:13 a.m., the driver exited onto Euclid Street, in the Fullerton area, before returning to Highway 91 westbound.

NewsChopper 4 Alpha video showed that the front tires of the U-Haul truck had gone flat, possibly due to a strip of spikes that had been deployed by CHP on the highway as the chase was heading back to Buena Park.

At one point, the U-Haul truck was traveling at speeds of approximately 55-70 miles per hour before significantly slowing down to 15-25 MPH following the damage to both tires.

Shortly before 7 a.m., flames engulfed the right front tire of the U-Haul truck in dense black smoke that forced the driver to exit on Bellflower and leave the U-Haul in the area of ​​Beach Street and Bellflower Boulevard.

Firefighters worked quickly to extinguish the fire as it consumed the U-Haul truck.

A driver who started a chase ended up crashing into another vehicle in the Van Nuys area, leaving a woman injured.

The driver was detained in the area of ​​Park Street and Bellflower Boulevard after a brief chase on foot.

Authorities did not immediately reveal how the truck was stolen, but CHP says the chase began in Buena Park with Buena Park police around 4:52 a.m., following the report of the U-Haul theft.

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