The Latest: Driver shoots self after California chase

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a California freeway chase that ended in suicide (all times local):

9:10 p.m.

Authorities say a driver who led authorities on a freeway chase through Southern California killed himself as he sat in his pickup truck.

The 90-minute chase ended Wednesday afternoon on a dirt shoulder of Interstate 15 in the Cajon Pass northeast of Los Angeles.

KABC-TV reports that a relative called 911 to report that the man had stolen some guns from him several years ago and was going to return them. Authorities went to the Orange County location and saw the man in a U-Haul pickup.

A chase ensued through three counties, with the driver calmly smoking cigarettes as he weaved through traffic.

The truck pulled over after its front tires blew, possibly after hitting a spike strip.

TV reports say the man then put a gun under his chin. KABC-TV says authorities confirmed the driver killed himself.


7:31 p.m.

A pickup truck driver who led authorities on a 90-minute freeway chase in Southern California apparently has shot himself.

KNBC-TV reports that the driver was suspected of stealing guns from his family in Orange County but was expected to return them. However, a family member called police and he took off in a U-Haul truck.

The chase reached speeds of 80 mph or more, with the driver calmly smoking a cigarette as he weaved through traffic in three counties.

The truck stopped in the Cajon Pass after its front tires blew.

TV stations reported that the driver put a gun to his neck. His body was pulled from the truck.

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