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A combative and mentally distraught motorist led California Highway Patrol officers on a pursuit along the Riverside (91) Freeway Tuesday that at one point involved a U-turn in the middle of the corridor but ultimately ended peacefully, authorities said.

The chase originated in Orange County, where sheriff’s deputies attempted to stop the driver, whose name was not disclosed, as he sped eastbound in a Subaru SUV on the 91 shortly before 1 a.m., according to the CHP.

It was unclear how the pursuit began, but CHP Officer Juan Quintero said sheriff’s personnel abandoned the chase at the Riverside County line, where the CHP was advised that the motorist was “bipolar, possibly armed with kitchen knives and threatening to fight with police.”

At 1:06 a.m., CHP officers spotted the Subaru on the 91 eastbound, approaching Interstate 15 in Corona, and gave chase, according to Quintero.

“The pursuit was discontinued when the Subaru made a U-turn on the freeway and drove the wrong way, exiting on the Van Buren Boulevard on-ramp,” the CHP spokesman said. “The Subaru re-entered the 91 traveling westbound. A short time later, the driver intentionally drove the vehicle through a freeway perimeter fence onto an adjoining street, where the driver abandoned the vehicle.”

A witness trailed the suspect, who walked to a Riverside hospital, to which CHP units were directed, Quintero said.

Officers detained the man without incident, and after questioning him, determined he required behavioral health treatment and took him to the county’s Department of Mental Health clinic near downtown Riverside.

No injuries were reported in connection with the chase, and no vehicles outside of the suspect’s were damaged, Quintero said.

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