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Freeway chase ends when driver surrenders in Palmdale

A driver led California Highway Patrol officers on a two-hour chase over area freeways before finally surrendering tonight at the Los Angeles County sheriff's station in Palmdale.

The chase began about 7:50 p.m. when the man took off on the Antelope Valley Freeway, Route 14, at Soledad Canyon Road, according to CHP Officer Patrick Kimball. He then headed south on I-5 and, at varying speeds, crossed through Los Angeles' Eastside before getting onto I-10 near downtown. With officers in pursuit, he headed up the 405 Freeway, then back onto I-5 and the 14.  He got off in Palmdale, eventually slowing down and periodically waving his arms out the car's window as CHP cruisers followed.

He drove to the sheriff's station and surrendered shortly before 10:30 p.m.

The man's identity was not immediately released, and authorities did not say what prompted the driver to flee.

--Jean Merl

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