Police chase stolen ‘yard dog’ in 3 California cities

NORTH COUNTY, Calif. — A man suspected of stealing a tractor-trailer led police in pursuit of that vehicle in three Southern California towns before arresting it in the early hours of April 2.

The chase began in Carlsbad, Calif., when a car’s license plate was reported to Carlsbad police as stolen, according to KSWB.

The stolen vehicle was reported passing around 11 p.m. April 1 just south of a road parallel to the east side of Interstate 5, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

KSWB reported that officers briefly overtook this vehicle but called off the pursuit for safety reasons.

The stolen car was found abandoned and witnesses told officers they saw a man get out of the car and cross Interstate 5 in a commercial area, where he got into a tractor-trailer and drove off.

The tractor-trailer was located at 11:15 p.m. and officers re-engaged in the pursuit, which would take them through the towns of Carlsbad, Oceanside and Vista and involve multiple law enforcement agencies.

Carlsbad Police Lt. Ryan Opeka told the Union-Tribune the truck was not a typical tractor-trailer, but rather a ‘trailer jockey’ – also known as a ‘construction dog’ – designed for hauling trailers short distances in shipping yards, but not intended for travel on city streets.

The Union-Tribune reported that radio traffic indicated strips of pavement spikes had been used to pop the vehicle’s tires.

The trailer detached from the tractor and left a large wheeled container on the street. The driver continued to flee from police after that, with the truck eventually coming to a stop in a residential area, according to KSWB.

Officers and sheriff’s deputies reportedly surrounded the vehicle and called for the man to surrender.

After that, the man surrendered to authorities without incident.

At the time of this post, investigators are still investigating how the man stole the vehicle in the first place.

No injuries were reported during the chases. The man’s name has not been released by authorities.

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