Driver Blocked Rush-Hour Traffic, Made U-Turn During Pursuit on 5 Freeway

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California Highway Patrol officers took an uncooperative driver into custody after a pursuit on the 5 Freeway in Commerce on Monday. 


Officers took a driver into custody after a pursuit on the 5 Freeway Monday. (Credit: KTLA)

At about 8:15 a.m., a call came in to authorities about an erratic driver who repeatedly stopped his car on the freeway before eventually driving off, according to Kevin Tao of the CHP.

At one point, the driver reportedly stopped for a long time on the northbound 5 at Rosecrans Avenue in Norwalk, Tao said. He got out of his car and was making hand gestures to drivers who could not pass.

CHP officers were initially stuck in the traffic caused by the man, but arrived at about 8:40 a.m. and tried to get him to comply with their orders.

However, the man got back in his vehicle and sped off on the freeway, according to Tao.

The pursuit came to an end at about 9 a.m. after the driver made a U-turn on the freeway and began driving the wrong way.

Patrol cars were able to use a PIT maneuver  on the vehicle and take the driver into custody on the 5 Freeway just south of Atlantic Boulevard.

Two lanes of the northbound 5 Freeway were closed while the incident was under investigation. The freeway closure caused major delays for morning commuters.


A KTLA 5 viewer snapped this photo of a driver who stopped on the 5 Freeway near Rosecrans Avenue and refused to let other vehicles pass. (Credit: @LBCShopper)