Pickup Driver Taken Into Custody in Arleta Following Pursuit Through San Fernando Valley

A pickup driver was in custody following a lengthy pursuit across the San Fernando Valley area Thursday night.

Sky5 was initially overhead the chase as the truck was heading down the eastbound 118 Freeway in Mission Hills shortly after 11 p.m.

Officials could not immediately confirm what the driver was wanted on suspicion of.

The truck headed into the surface streets of Lake View Terrace once the 118 terminated there, and wound around the area of Sylmar and Pacoima for a time before getting back onto the 118 Freeway heading west.

The pickup was moving swiftly but not maneuvering too dangerously, remaining in its lane of traffic on the right side of the road.

The driver continued straight until Porter Ranch, where he exited the freeway and got back on heading east, back into Mission Hills.

After exiting the freeway in Arleta, the chase returned to surface streets in a residential area. Eventually the man stopped his vehicle and got out on Lev Avenue, then began running through the backyards of area homes.

Officers were able to locate the man and took him into custody outside a home just before 11:40 p.m.

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