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Chihuahua leads police on chase across Bay Bridge

In this frame from video provided by the California Highway Patrol, Officer G. Pumphrey pursues a male Chihuahua running loose on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in San Francisco on Sunday, April 4, 2016. | California Highway Patrol via AP

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 that 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.

In this photo provided by the California Highway Patrol, CHP Officer G. Pumphrey holds a male Chihuahua after they found it running loose on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. | California Highway Patrol via AP

In this photo provided by the California Highway Patrol, CHP Officer G. Pumphrey holds a male Chihuahua after it was spotted running loose on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. | California Highway Patrol via AP