A man who allegedly stole a delivery truck in downtown Riverside Wednesday morning led police on a pursuit to Corona and back before stopping and locking himself inside the truck, refusing to surrender.

The theft occurred shortly after 9 a.m. at Riverside Community Hospital and was immediately reported to Riverside police, Officer Ryan Railsback said.

He told City News Service that the suspect, whose name was not released, jumped into a bread delivery truck and headed toward west Riverside, where he was spotted by a patrol unit that signaled him to stop.

“He took off and got on the 91 freeway,” Railsback said. “I think he went over to McKinley Street (in Corona), then came back to the city (of Riverside).”

Multiple patrol cars tailed the man on rain-slick streets, until he ultimately turned northbound onto Van Buren Boulevard. According to Railsback, the suspect abruptly stopped about 10:30 a.m. in a traffic lane between Challen and Wells avenues, at which point he was surrounded by officers.

SWAT members were summoned and attempted to make contact with the man, who refused to exit the truck, Railsback said.

Negotiations were continuing as of 11:45 a.m. to have him abandon the vehicle and give up.

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