The chase began after the pickup’s owner reported that someone drove off in the truck in downtown San Diego just after 2:30 a.m., police said. A patrol unit spotted the stolen pickup on southbound Interstate 5 near 28th Street and tried to pull it over. Instead, the driver sped south, reaching speeds over 100 mph.
The driver– later identified as 23-year-old Deaundray Jamar Frazier — off the freeway at Palm Avenue and doubled back north. The California Highway Patrol took over the pursuit.
Near Las Flores Drive in Carlsbad, Frazier ran over a spike strip that officers had laid across the traffic lanes, but continued speeding to the north despite driving on two flattened tires, CHP public-information Officer Jim Bettencourt said.
Moments later, a CHP squad car also rolled over the rubber-shredding device as officers were trying to pull it off the roadway, then veered out of control and smashed into the freeway’s center-divider wall. Though the wreck caused extensive damage to the cruiser, the two officers inside were unharmed, the spokesman said.
The pursuit continued until shortly after 3 a.m., when the disabled pickup swerved out of control, veered off the east side of the freeway near the Aliso Creek Rest Area, went down an embankment and crashed to a halt. Officers then arrested Frazier, who also managed to avoid injury.
Frazier was booked into county jail in Vista on suspicion of auto theft and felony evasion of police. He was being held on $50,000 bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Thursday afternoon.