Body found burned in San Bernardino after pursuit

- A man driving an SUV hauling a trailer was arrested in Paramount Friday morning after leading authorities on a pursuit from a spot in San Bernardino where a burned body was reportedly found.

The chase was initially carried out by the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department.

"When he crossed over into L.A. County, the sheriff's department asked our agency to pick up the pursuit,'' said California Highway Patrol Officer Francisco Villalobos.

A body that had been burned was found early this morning in a vacant field at the corner of Sixth Street and Sterling Avenue in San Bernardino, and law enforcement authorities began chasing the SUV when it sped from the scene, the San Bernardino Sun reported.

The CHP took over the chase about 1 a.m. on the westbound San Bernardino (10) Freeway around the Orange (57) Freeway in the San Dimas area, Villalobos said. The suspect then transitioned to the southbound Long Beach (710) Freeway around the Monterey Park area.

From there, the suspect moved to the eastbound Glen Anderson (105) Freeway in the Downey-South Gate area, Villalobos said.

"The suspect then exited on Lakewood Boulevard in Paramount and the pursuit ended on Orizaba Avenue, just north of Golden Avenue at 1:36 a.m.,'' Villalobos added.

The CHP took the man into custody in Paramount and held him for San Bernardino detectives. His name was not immediately available.

In response to questions from reporters about why he led law enforcement on the wild two-county pursuit, the unidentified suspect said cryptically, "I just wanted to see my wife.''

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