High-speed chase ends on railroad tracks

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ENCINITAS, Calif. — A man armed with a shotgun led police on a high-speed chase early Wednesday, but he was arrested after his pickup broke down when he tried to escape on railroad tracks.

The incident began at about 1:40 a.m. when a Carlsbad resident called police and said an acquaintance, 37-year-old Brent Manion, had taken his pickup. He said Manion appeared to be high on methamphetamine and was armed with loaded shotgun.

Police located the suspect, but as they approached the pickup he sped off southbound on Coast Highway, reaching speed up to 100 mph, authorities said.

Police and sheriff’s deputies followed the pickup to Encinitas. During the 15-minute pursuit, the pickup drove over two spike strips and kept on going.

He turned on Encinitas Boulevard and then headed northbound on the railroad tracks until the pickup broke down. The man jumped out and ran off on foot, but officers quickly caught up with him.

Police had been warned that Manion was violent and might try to shoot police, but he did not resist when they arrested him.

Officers found a loaded pump-action shotgun in the pickup.

Manion was booked into Vista jail on suspicion of auto theft, driving under the influence, felony evading and being a felon in possession of a firearm.