Chihuahua in custody after leading US police on merry chase along bridge

The black chihuahua was pursued by a motorcycle officer along a stretch of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.
The black chihuahua was pursued by a motorcycle officer along a stretch of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM TWITTER VIDEO

SAN FRANCISCO - A chihuahua is in animal custody after it led police on a chase down a section of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on Sunday (April 3).

The tiny black pooch had been running against traffic, CBS News reported, quoting officials from the California Highway Patrol (CHP).

The CHP tweeted a video of the chihuahua running furiously on the upper level of the bridge as a police officer on a motorcycle followed closely behind.

"High speed pursuit of dog this morning on the #BayBridge! Suspect taken into custody. All are safe! #onlyinSF," the tweet said.

The brief chase culminated in CHP officer Vu Williams using his jacket to distract and capture the dog.

A subsequent tweet showed officer Williams carrying it.

Further updates by the CHP said the chihuahua had been picked up by the San Francisco County Animal Care, where staff members named it Ponch after a CHP officer in the TV series CHiPs.

A spokesman said the dog, who was recovering from its misadventure, was not wearing any identification except for a tag decorated with a human skull.