Driver in custody following high-speed pursuit, standoff in San Bernardino

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif. –A suspected stolen vehicle driver was taken into custody Monday morning following a high-speed pursuit and eventual standoff with officers in San Bernardino.

California Highway Patrol officers were in a high-speed pursuit of a stolen vehicle that took to several freeways in the San Gabriel Valley Monday morning.

The driver was in a stolen vehicle, Rubio said.

At about 9:15 a.m., aerial video from Sky5 showed the driver in a black Toyota Camry, who had transitioned to the eastbound 10 Freeway, being followed by several patrol cars.

At one point, video appeared to show the driver throwing something out of the window and then gesturing to officers as he continued traveling eastbound.

The car appeared to be speeding and passing other vehicles on the shoulder. At least three CHP units were following closely behind, aerial video showed.

“The strategy that we use is pursue the suspect as safely as possible. If this at any point gets too dangerous, we will back off so the person, hopefully, slows down and … brings the risk down to the public,” CHP Officer Brian Diaz said.

The driver is believed to be the sole occupant of the stolen vehicle, Diaz said.

The driver pulled over near Palm Avenue on the southbound 215 Freeway in San Bernardino at about 9:53 a.m. and got out of the vehicle carrying some type of object.

After waving the object toward officers the man dodged traffic and crossed over to the southbound side of the freeway where he stood on an overpass.

Authorities stopped traffic on the southbound side and observed the man, who continued to hold the object, from the northbound lanes.

Officers eventually managed to swarm the man as he stood near the guard rail of the overpass.

Several officers held the man down as he was handcuffed and taken into custody at about 10:09 a.m.