A long highway chase in which police pursued an allegedly stolen tractor-trailer for more than five hours in southern Ontario ended peacefully Monday afternoon with the driver in custody.

The rig, which was towing an empty flatbed trailer, pulled over on the Toronto-bound Queen Elizabeth Way just north of the Burlington Skyway at around 1:30 p.m. 

Ontario Provincial Police said the driver was taken into custody "without incident." It's also not clear why he stopped, and what he will be charged with.

The eastbound lanes were closed for about a half hour as police investigated, snarling traffic.

While lanes were later opened, commuters had to contend with delays in the area.

No attempt to force truck off road

During the chase, several unmarked cruisers followed the truck but made no attempt to force it off the road.

"We were not pursuing it at high speeds. It was travelling at highway speeds," said OPP Sgt. Dave Woodford, explaining police actions.

"At no point did it become any danger to any of the public. And it did pull over on its own and the driver was arrested."

Police spent hours following the large truck they say was stolen from the Niagara area just after 4 a.m. on Monday. 

They began to pursue the rig just after 8 a.m.

From there, police followed the truck along Highway 401 to Highway 427. All the while, it appeared to adhere to the speed limit.

The truck then drove along the QEW to Niagara, where it turned around and headed back toward Toronto before pulling over near Burlington.


A picture taken by an eyewitness and posted on Twitter shows police apprehending the truck driver. (@damansingh23)