Chase suspect taken into custody after spike strips deployed on 5 Freeway in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A suspect was taken into custody at the end of a chase on a busy 5 Freeway in Los Angeles Thursday afternoon, causing a traffic backup.

The driver at times was forced to travel at slow speeds and even stop with police units behind when running into light traffic on the roadway. Authorities deployed a spike strip near the Stadium Way exit, which the white SUV drove over.

The driver, however, did not get far and pulled over in the middle of a freeway. One woman got out of the passenger seat and surrendered to officers.

Authorities initially believed the woman was in the car with her son, who refused to stop the car. But when officers approached the vehicle, it was revealed that the driver was a woman. It's unclear what their relationship is.

After a short struggle with officers, the driver was taken into custody.

All lanes of the southbound 5 Freeway were shut down between Riverside Drive and the 110 Freeway as police worked to clear the scene. The freeway was eventually opened back up for drivers.
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