California Highway Patrol officers ended a pursuit Thursday morning on the southbound Interstate 5 just north of Lyons Avenue when they deployed a spike strip, forcing the motorist in a green Ford Expedition onto the shoulder of the freeway. With guns drawn in a brief standoff, officers arrested him.
At around 8 a.m., an officer from the Newhall CHP attempted to make a traffic stop on a Ford Expedition for a traffic violation on I-5 near Templin Highway, according to Josh Greengard, a spokesman for the CHP Newhall Office. The motorist, he said, failed to stop and a short pursuit was initiated. Officers ahead of the pursuit deployed a spike strip just north of Lyons Avenue.
“The spike stop was successful,” Greengard said, “hitting three of the four tires. The vehicle came to a stop in the No. 1 lane. A short standoff occurred and the driver was taken into custody.”
Officers held traffic on both sides of the freeway during the standoff and arrested the suspect around 8:20 a.m. They released traffic at about 8:35 a.m.
Greengard said there was no report on the suspect yet.