Pursuit Ends When Stolen Truck Slams Into Gas Station in Lake Forest; Man Arrested

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A pursuit came to an end and a man was arrested Saturday after a stolen truck crashed into a gas station in Lake Forest, authorities said.

A shirtless man is seen running from the scene where a stolen vehicle crashed into a Lake Forest gas station on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. (Credit: Orange County Sheriff's Department)

In a video recorded by a sheriff’s helicopter camera, a shirtless man is seen running from the scene where a stolen vehicle crashed into a Lake Forest gas station on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. (Credit: Orange County Sheriff’s Department)

Deputies in Yorba Linda detected a LoJack signal shortly before 2 p.m. in the area of the 91 Freeway at Yorba Linda Boulevard, according to a news release from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

A sheriff’s helicopter in the vicinity helped determine the source of the signal — a stolen 2004 Ford F-250 truck that was traveling southbound on the California 241 toll road after exiting the 91 Freeway, the statement said.

The vehicle then exited onto Santiago Canyon Road and continued southbound through Silverado Canyon. When deputies attempted a traffic stop at the intersection of El Toro Road and Live Oak Canyon Road, the male driver refused to pull over, the Sheriff’s Department said.

According to investigators, he was pursed for about 2 to 3 miles as he headed westbound on El Toro Road before clipping another vehicle at Trabuco Road.

Ariel video from the helicopter shows the collision, which caused the suspect to lose control of the truck and drive over a curb before slamming into a service bay at a gas station.

A truck slammed into a gas station at the end of a pursuit in Lake Forest on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, authorities said. (Credit: Orange County Sheriff's Department)

A truck slammed into a gas station at the end of a pursuit in Lake Forest on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, authorities said. (Credit: Orange County Sheriff’s Department)

The shirtless driver, described as approximately 40 years old, was followed by the chopper as he fled the scene on foot and ran through a nearby apartment complex, the news release said. He was taken into custody shortly afterward.

The Ford had been reported stolen from San Diego on Friday.

Authorities said the man was uncooperative with deputies and would not be positively identified until his fingerprints were matched with records.

He was arrested on suspicion of possessing stolen property, felony evading, DUI and delaying or obstructing a peace officer, the Sheriff’s Department said. His bail was expected to be set after his identity was confirmed.

The man was scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.

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