Man suspected of stealing big rig leads CHP on 3-hour desert chase

Posted at 12:01 PM, Sep 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-13 18:32:50-04

CABAZON, Calif. - A man in a stolen semitrailer rig has been arrested after a three-hour chase through the desert east of Los Angeles.

The man parked in a rest stop and peacefully surrendered around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Riverside County community of Whitewater.

The rig reportedly was taken from a Barstow hotel as the driver slept.

Authorities say the chase began around 10:30 a.m. in Apple Valley. With CHP officers in pursuit, the truck went through the Cajon Pass and along various freeways, sometimes at a snail's pace.

The driver told CHP officials by phone that he didn't want to go back to jail.

The truck is owned by hazardous waste hauler ACT Enviro. Company President Walter Singer tells the Los Angeles Times that no hazardous materials were aboard.