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UPDATE: Stolen vehicle police pursuit suspect arrested

A suspect is in custody after leading police in a high-speed pursuit Thursday morning that started in Palm Springs and raced toward the east valley at speeds topping 100 miles per hour.

Officer Mike Radford of the California Highway Patrol said a 2014 Ford F-150 pickup truck was stolen in Palm Springs off Mesquite Avenue shortly before 7:00 a.m.

Palm Springs Police Sgt. William Hutchinson said the pursuit began near Gene Autry and the I-10.

The pursuit was transferred over to the CHP in Palm Desert at I-10 and Cook Street.

CHP officers discontinued the pursuit due to safety concerns in Coachella at I-10 and Dillon Road.

The suspect described by Radford as a dark Hispanic or black man alone in the gray truck with a shaved head.

The man drove the wrong way into traffic along I-10 in Indio near Golf Center Parkway and Dillon Road, according to Radford. The suspect reportedly drove along the freeway shoulder.

CHP and Riverside County Sheriffs Department spokesmen confirmed they continued monitoring the pursuit.

The truck was eventually found engulfed in flames in Chiriaco Summit on Frontage Road, north of the I-10.

The suspect was walking eastbound into a desert area before heading back towards the freeway and jumping onto the hood of a vehicle as the driver continued on the road with the man on the car.

CHP were able to arrest the man shortly after 9 a.m. on the westbound I-10 west of Frontage Road.

Radford said Palm Springs Police is handling the investigation.

KESQ News Team


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