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CARLSBAD, Calif. — An auto-theft suspect led police on a brief high-speed chase through Carlsbad Wednesday before getting into a solo crash and finding himself under arrest.

Officers responding to reports of a white Ford with Arizona license plates sideswiping other vehicles near McClellan-Palomar Airport caught up with the sedan at El Camino Real and Cannon Road shortly after 12:30 p.m., according to police.

When the patrol personnel tried to pull him over, the driver — later identified as 45-year-old Robert Wallace of San Diego — refused to yield and sped off to the west, police said. The officers tailed him for a short distance, then backed off the pursuit due to his unsafe driving.

Reaching the intersection of Kelly and Park drives, Wallace lost control of the Ford, which careened off the roadway and crashed to a halt against a guardrail.

Wallace, who was uninjured, was arrested on suspicion of auto theft and evading officers. He was booked into the county jail in Vista.

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