Authorities in Ceres on Sunday called off a high-speed chase with a stolen U-Haul rental truck whose driver later ditched the vehicle and got away.
“It was just too dangerous. He was blowing through intersections at 90 mph” in Ceres and Modesto, said Ceres police Sgt. Patrick Crane.
An unspecified Modesto U-Haul company reported that a box of keys had been stolen, and a smaller truck, as opposed to a huge moving van, was missing.
The California Highway Patrol detected the vehicle and gave chase, heading south from Modesto on the Ninth Street bridge, but discontinued the pursuit at River Road and Avon Street.
Ceres police spotted the truck near Hatch Road and Central Avenue and the chase continued to Modesto on Mitchell Road, El Vista Avenue and Oakdale Road.
The driver, reportedly a white man with tattoos and a ball cap, turned at Sylvan Avenue and Coffee Road before authorities backed away for safety reasons.
Soon after, a witness reported that the driver parked the truck near taco vans at H and Eighth streets in downtown Modesto and ran north, but officers were unable to locate him, Crane said. “It was a tough pill to swallow, but there was no damage and nobody got hurt, which was the whole point of canceling the pursuit,” he said. “That’s too crazy just for a stolen car.”