Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

Updated at 6:45 a.m., March 30, 2015

A 24-year-old man man allegedly stole a tanker truck with a trailer, then led Los Angeles Sheriff’s deputies on a pursuit from Bellflower to Paramount, authorities said Monday.

The suspect was identified as Jose Corrales, said Lt. Matthew Vander Horck of the Sheriff’s Lakewood Station.

The California Highway Patrol first learned from the tanker’s owner that the vehicle was on the San Diego (405) Freeway about 10 p.m. Sunday, said CHP Officer Alex Rubio. The truck’s owner was monitoring its position via GPS and next tracked it to the Glenn Anderson (105) Freeway.

The pursuit was turned over to sheriff’s deputies when the tanker was located northbound on Woodruff Avenue in Bellflower about 11 p.m., said Vander Horck. The pursuit ended about five minutes later when the suspect stopped the truck in the intersection of Paramount Boulevard and Rosecrans in Paramount and surrendered without incident, he said.

The empty tanker was stolen from a fleet yard in the 6800 block of Rosecrans Avenue in Paramount, Vander Horck said. That was about a mile from where the suspect gave up.

During the pursuit the suspect “stopped at all red lights, although he didn’t yield (to officers.)  He finally yielded at Rosecrans and Paramount,” he said.

The tanker was from the Orange-based petroleum distributor SC Fuels, a news videographer reported from the scene.

—City News Service

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