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2-hour multi-county chase ends peacefully in San Onofre

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A two-hour chase involving a suspect initially wanted for reckless driving led authorities through Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties, before the driver surrendered to police. (KABC)

A two-hour chase involving a suspect initially wanted for reckless driving led authorities through multiple cities in Los Angeles and Orange counties on Monday, before the driver pulled over and surrendered to police in San Onofre.

California Highway Patrol officers said Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies initially tried to stop the male driver for a failure to yield in the San Fernando Valley, but the motorist kept going. Initial reports stated the chase began near Calabasas.

The black Lincoln Navigator was first seen weaving in and out of traffic on the southbound 101 at high speeds at about 12:30 p.m., with sheriff's deputies struggling to catch up before CHP officials took over the chase.

The unidentified suspect then went through Tarzana before getting onto the usually busy 405 Freeway in Sherman Oaks, Van Nuys and North Hills.

Traveling between 90 and 100 mph for the majority of time, the suspect drove through the 210, 118 and 5 freeways before getting back onto the 405 and 5 freeways. To the public's surprise, the driver managed to lead the chase with minimal traffic.

The chase turned into a multi-county pursuit as the SUV made its way into Orange County cities such as Westminster, Costa Mesa, Laguna Hills and San Clemente.

As the driver entered San Diego County in San Onofre, he pulled over after the vehicle seemed to run out of gas. CHP officials and a K-9 surrounded the suspect as he got out of his vehicle with his arms up and then dropped his knees to the ground with his hands on his head. He was placed in a patrol car without incident and San Juan Capistrano police confirmed he was later arrested.

No crashes or injuries were reported.

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