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Fugitive Chihuahua Leads Police On Chase Across Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge

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SAN FRANCISCO — A Chihuahua is in animal custody after leading police on a chase across the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge.

The California Highway Patrol tweeted the small black dog "led us on quite a chase" Sunday and posted a video of it running furiously on the upper level of the bridge as it was trailed by a motorcycle officer.

After it was captured, the Chihuahua was taken to a San Francisco animal shelter where staff members named him Ponch, after the CHP Officer Frank Poncherello played by Erik Estrada in the TV series "CHiPs.''

A spokeswoman for the city's Department of Animal Care and Control said the dog wore a tag decorated with a human skull, but it had no identification. Deb Campbell said the dog was recovering from its misadventure.

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