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Man Suspected Of Burning Body In Trash Can Leads Police On 65-Mile Chase

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Police were led on a 65-mile, cross-county chase by a man suspected of burning a body in a trash can.

NBC L.A. reports San Bernardino County Sheriff's deputies saw three people congregating around a burning trash can in an open field in San Bernardino around 1 a.m. Friday.

When approached, the trio jumped into a white SUV with a trailer attached to it and fled west, speeding down the 10, 710 and 105 freeways before the chase came to an end nearly 65 miles away in Paramount.

A male driver was taken into custody, and according to ABC-7, told authorities during his arrest, "I just want to go see my wife." Police said two other passengers were also detained. According to the San Bernardino Sun, they are both juveniles.

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"The pursuit involved a vehicle pulling a trailer, a utility trailer, so we had that to contend with [that]," CHP Sgt. Carlo Marzocca told ABC-7. "We weren't given a whole lot of information about what went on in San Bernardino, so that's not part of our investigation."

When police returned to the dumpster in San Bernardino, they found a body inside. The Sun reports that there were "obvious signs of trauma" on the badly-burned body of the man, who had tattoos and was believed to be in his late 40s.

A homicide investigation is underway. As the Sun notes, this is the city's 27th homicide this year.

Just this week, San Bernardino was recently named the most dangerous city in California.