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U-Haul driver surrenders after high-speed chase through 2 California counties

The driver of a U-Haul truck led police on a high-speed chase over rain-soaked freeways and surface streets in two Southern California counties Wednesday night.

The pursuit began in Riverside and ended in Orange County, police said. The driver is believed to have tripped silent alarms at a U-Haul facility in Riverside during a robbery attempt earlier in the evening.


Driven by a man with no shirt, the U-Haul truck was traveling upwards of 90 mph on the westbound 91 Freeway through Anaheim Hills at 10:30 p.m. (1:30 a.m. ET) before transitioning onto the southbound 55 Freeway into Orange County.

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About 15 minutes later, he changed directions and headed north on the 5 Freeway in the Santa Ana area before transitioning back onto the 91 Freeway, this time heading east.

Roads in the area were wet as the truck barreled down nearly empty freeways. The driver fishtailed on at least three slippery on-ramps.

It appeared California Highway Patrol officials successfully used a maneuver against the moving truck, causing it spin out and crash on a freeway underpass shortly after 11 p.m. (2 a.m. ET) along State College Boulevard on the border between Anaheim and Santa Ana.