STOCKTON -- A man driving a stolen big rig truck in Northern California led the state highway patrol on a 3 ½-hour chase early Thursday before being taken into custody.

California Highway Patrol Officer Adrian Quintero says the man -- identified as 42-year-old Michael Anthony Lopez of Stockton -- evaded officers from just after 3 a.m. until shortly before 7 a.m. as he weaved through the city's streets.

The CHP used a helicopter and several patrol units to follow him, Quintero says, before they were finally able to stop him on Flora Street at Airport Way. He surrendered peacefully.

The Stockton Records reports (http://bit.ly/Mm9JOm ) that Lopez was driving a stolen big-rig truck carrying scrap metal.

The Stockton Police Department monitored the overnight chase, the Record said.

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Information from: The Record, http://www.recordnet.com/



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