A distraught man led California Highway Patrol officers on a stop-and-go chase that ultimately ended peacefully on the westbound Riverside (91) Freeway in Riverside Thursday, initially insisting that he would not get out of his vehicle until he spoke with the news media or his mother.

The slow-speed pursuit began about 3:55 p.m. with an investigation into a possibly abandoned pickup truck in the carpool lane of the Riverside Freeway at University Avenue, according to the CHP.

The suspect, identified only as a 33-year-old Hispanic man, sat in the truck for almost 15 minutes, disrupting rush-hour traffic, prompting a CHP officer to approach him to inquire whether he was experiencing engine trouble. The suspect rolled up his windows and told the officer that he would not budge until he talked to the press, authorities said.

The man additionally called 911 and told dispatchers that he also wanted to speak with his mother in Orange, with whom he had not had any contact for months, according to reports from the scene. He lamented that he had lost most of his family and needed to speak to his mom.

At one point, the suspect told dispatchers that he was armed with a knife. About 4:15 p.m., he began rolling forward at less than 10 mph.

Riverside police and CHP officers began unfurling spike strips in all lanes of the westbound 91 ahead of the suspect’s path. The entire westbound side was shut down, causing a major traffic crunch. A SigAlert was issued just after 4 p.m.

The man drove forward haltingly, occasionally speeding up to 40 mph before slowing again to a crawl. He stopped near Madison Street, then resumed driving, hitting a spike strip in the fast lane, which flattened one of his passenger-side tires.

Just past the Adams Street on-ramp, the suspect pulled over and surrendered to CHP officers without a struggle.

The westbound 91 remained partially shut down at 5 p.m.

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