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Driver Arrested After Stolen Penske Rental Truck Pursuit in San Fernando Valley

The driver pulled off the bus 405 Freeway during the morning commute, barreling over a divider and onto streets in Van Nuys

The driver of a stolen Penske rental truck attempted to carjack another truck and hide between the two vehicles before he was arrested at the end of a pursuit in the west San Fernando Valley.

The pursuit began after the report of a stolen truck. The driver also was wanted for assault with a deadly weapon on an officer after backing the truck toward police. 

The truck was on streets in the North Hills area before the driver entered the southbound 405 Freeway, where traffic was moving slowly during the morning commute. The driver pulled to the side of the busy freeway and appeared to wave his arm at officers before backing up toward their patrol cars.

He continued south on the freeway before hitting more traffic and driving over a freeway exit ramp divider and exiting onto streets in the Van Nuys area. An officer deployed a spike strip, which the truck appeared to run over with a right rear tire.

The drive pulled alongside another cargo truck and a tried to get inside the vehicle as officers swarmed toward him. The man crawled between the two trucks, but police restrained him and made the arrest.

It was no immediately clear whether the truck contained cargo.

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