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Palmdale car chase ends in Ventura County [UPDATED]

January 28, 2009 |  5:49 pm

Car chaseUpdated, 12:42 p.m. Thursday: Suspect in wild U-Haul chase is named   

A female driver of a stolen U-Haul truck led law enforcement officers on a chase for more than two hours before she was stopped Wednesday afternoon in Ventura County.

Shortly before 3 p.m., the driver, whose name was not immediately available, left the scene of a traffic stop made by an L.A. County sheriff’s deputy in Palmdale.

The truck was rented in the name of a male companion who was left at the scene.

The chase, widely televised and shown on latimes.com, wound into Los Angeles, through downtown and to the Westside, with the driver at times threading her way amid oncoming cars.

At the Ventura County line, she swerved into oncoming traffic lanes to avoid a spike strip that officers had placed across the highway to puncture her tires.

About 5:15 p.m. in Ventura County, she came to a stop, jumped from the truck and attempted to get into a car behind her on the passenger side.

When that proved impossible, she sprinted down the road and was tackled by California Highway Patrol officers.

-- Sam Quinones

Photo: California Highway Patrol officers pursue the driver of the stolen U-Haul truck.  Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times