Parolee crashes into vehicle, power pole during police chase

LAKESIDE, Calif. — A parolee named on an arrest warrant was back behind bars Friday after allegedly leading sheriff’s deputies on a brief car chase in Lakeside that ended in a crash and a failed attempt to flee on foot.

Deputies were sent to the 11700 block of Moreno Avenue around 6 p.m. Thursday to arrest David Rodriguez, 26, on a felony auto theft warrant. However, he hopped into a vehicle parked in the backyard and sped off, crashing through a fence and narrowly missing deputies as he fled, sheriff’s Sgt. Tom Seiver said.

The pursuit continued down a dirt road adjacent to the property, then west on San Vicente Road. The suspect’s vehicle collided with another vehicle shortly afterward, Seiver said. The second driver was taken to a hospital to be treated for injuries of unknown severity.

Rodriguez continued on but lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a power pole on Vigilante Road near state Route 67, Seiver said. The car overturned and the suspect made a futile attempt to flee on foot.

Rodriguez was taken into custody and treated at a hospital for his injuries, Seiver said. He was subsequently booked into jail on suspicion of violating parole, vehicle theft, possession of a stolen vehicle and drug charges, according to jail records. He is scheduled to be arraigned in El Cajon at 1:30 p.m. Monday.

Seiver said that additional charges of attempted assault on peace officers were pending.

Detectives following up at the Moreno Avenue home found two stolen vehicles and other possibly stolen items, along with several adults and two children, according to the sergeant. Five people there were arrested on suspicion of various crimes, including possession of a controlled substance and felony child endangerment. The children were taken into protective custody.