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Birthday Suit Pursuit: Naked Chase Driver on the Run Dodges LA Freeway Traffic

Police searching a hillside found the man, who crossed the busy East LA Interchange, after a brief search and took him into custody

A police pursuit ended Friday morning with a naked man running around a neighborhood east of downtown Los Angeles and surprising drivers as he dashed across one of Southern California's busiest freeway interchanges. 

The chase began after a report of a carjacking in to 1800 block of Seigneur Avenue in Boyle Heights. The carjacking victim, who asked not be identified, told NBC4 that a man wrestled with him before stealing his pickup at a home a few blocks northwest of the 710-10 freeway interchange. 

The victim said the man was clothed at the time of the carjacking. The victim was not injured. 

Officers spotted the carjacking suspect driving the pickup on the 10 Freeway east of downtown Los Angeles at about 6 a.m. as the morning drive was underway. 

Officers followed the man into a cul-de-sac in the Boyle Heights area, where the nude man got out of the pickup and climbed over a wall with at least two officers running after him. A police helicopter spotlight followed the man along a dirt path near the 101 Freeway.

He dodged cars as he emerged from bushes and crossed part of the notoriously congested East Los Angeles Interchange.

Police searching a hillside found the man and took him into custody. 

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