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Stolen car chased down 405 hours after Carmageddon 2 ends

NBC Los Angeles

A stolen Jaguar on the side of the 405 Freeway early Monday.

A car thief led Los Angeles police and California Highway Patrol officers on a high-speed chase on Interstate 405 early Monday morning, hours after the nation’s busiest freeway reopened after the weekend “Carmageddon 2” shutdown.

Police say the pursuit started in the San Fernando Valley just before 4 a.m. Monday and reached speeds exceeding 130 mph.

The stolen white Jaguar sped over the Sepulveda Pass and weaved through West Los Angeles residential areas before getting back onto the freeway and racing north, back to the Valley.

The chase ended at 5 a.m. when the driver stopped on the freeway in Van Nuys and was arrested. The passenger was arrested an hour later after taking refuge in a storm drain.

Correction: An earlier version of this story had the day of the week wrong.

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