A naked man who sprinted with Los Angeles police officers running after him and a police helicopter overhead is in custody after a lengthy chase .
The pursuit at dawn Friday captured live by TV news helicopters began after the man abandoned a suspected stolen truck on a freeway east of downtown.
Illuminated by a police helicopter spotlight , the man sprinted along dirt footpaths, through a homeless encampment and scaled a fence.
Officers closed in as he hid under trees, but the man then ran down an embankment and across several busy freeway connector roads, dodging cars.
The man disappeared into a hilly wooded area behind residences but officers caught up with him.
He was not immediately identified.