The driver of stolen SUV who led police on a chase in the West San Fernando Valley was wanted by authorities Wednesday morning after he eluded arrest by stopping the vehicle and running through the Los Angeles River.

Police began chasing the Toyota 4Runner about 7 p.m. Tuesday on Victory Boulevard. About 15 minutes later when it slowed near Canby Avenue, one person got out and was apprehended by police, said Officer Mike Lopez of the Los Angeles Police Department.

The other person in the vehicle continued driving, getting onto the Ventura (101) Freeway before exiting on De Soto Avenue.

At least four patrol vehicles chased the SUV as the driver eventually pulled off into bus lanes from Vanowen Street. He then got out of the vehicle and fled on foot, entering a tunnel near the Los Angeles River.

Lopez said the vehicle was reported stolen. Details on the events that led up to the chase were not immediately available.

No description of the suspect was released.

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