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(LOS ANGELES) — A Southern California car chase ended in a very real way for the alleged car thief when the star of a reality TV show cut him off, allowing cops to arrest him.

The suspect, who was not immediately identified, went on the run on Monday in Van Nuys, California, after allegedly stealing a BMW sedan, according to Los Angeles ABC News station KABC.

The suspect got out of the car and tried to get away on a skateboard, running through traffic, when a red pickup truck made a hard right turn and blocked him.

The driver of the pickup truck was Lou Pizarro, the star of the reality TV show, Operation Repo.

“I seen the guy running with a skateboard in his hand, and he’s running from the cops, they’re like right on him, there’s about six or seven cops, and he got on his skateboard and he started moving,” Pizarro, who drives the same red pickup on the show, told KABC.

“It was just instinct just to block the guy off, slow him down a little bit,” he said. “That’s all I could do.”

No injuries were reported and the suspect was immediately arrested, according to KABC.

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