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A strange slow-speed chase through the Valley came to an even stranger end when a good samaritan stepped in front of the car and even forced the driver to surrender.

On Friday night, an erratic driver in a convertible drove through the West Valley, down Ventura Boulevard, barely faster than 10 mph—saluting and giving the thumbs up to bystanders along the way. On the doors of his car were signs that read "VICTORY PARADE" and "VICTORY — WAR OVER WE WIN." The driver was first reported in Northridge by an off-duty firefighter around 5:45 p.m., according to NBC 4

About an hour later, a bystander brought it all to an end in Sherman Oaks when he stepped in front of the convertible, and even managed to force the driver out of the car and onto the hood of a pursuing police car. Reporters initially speculated that man himself was also "mentally unstable."

Watch aerial footage of the pursuit as it ends

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WATCH: It was a very unusual end to a very unusual #pursuit: a bystander who apparently wanted today’s slow-speed chase to come to an end got in front of the suspect vehicle, forcing the suspect out. Both men have been apprehended in Sherman Oaks. STORY: http://cbsloc.al/1IQvhxM

Posted by CBS Los Angeles on Friday, May 22, 2015

In L.A. we're treated to so many police chases that we get used to all the characteristics: high speed, a PIT maneuver or two, and reporters in choppers talking about how dangerous it is for bystanders in the area. Sometimes, a truly strange one like this captures our imaginations.

As the driver was being arrested by police, the bystander who brought the chase to an end was also detained by police.

"A slow-speed pursuit and then the guy that stopped the car got arrested? I don't understand why that happened," said witness Kelsey Savoie.

Police later released the bystander after questioning. He was not arrested, and say it was a mix-up over a warrant rescinded on Thursday. Witnesses say the bystander was a homeless man.

The driver was identified as 39-year old Aaron Levy, and police say he has a history of mental illness. Although he was thought to be under the influence, it was later determined he was having a "crisis" and is charged with resisting arrest.