Toddler injured when teen with learner’s permit hits car during chase

POWAY, Calif. -- A teenage driver with a provisional license led sheriff's deputies on a high speed chase through Poway that ended in a crash, sending the other car's driver and a 2-year-old passenger to a hospital, authorities said Monday.

A deputy spotted a speeding Lexus sedan headed south on Espola Road Sunday night and tried to catch up. The car eventually turned onto Poway Road, then onto Midland Road, running two stop signs and three red lights along the way, according to sheriff's Sgt. David Toner.

The car blew through another red light at the intersection of Midland and Twin Peaks roads to head east, but the driver couldn't maneuver the turn due to excessive speed. Toner said the car veered into oncoming traffic and slammed into a 2010 Ford Edge that was stopped in the turn lane.

Two of the Ford's three occupants, the driver and a 2-year-old girl, were taken to a hospital. The toddler was evaluated as a precaution and the driver was treated for non-life threatening injuries. Both have since been released, Toner said.

The Ford's other passenger and the Lexus' five occupants were not hurt, according to the sergeant.

The Lexus' 17-year-old driver was arrested following the crash. He was subsequently booked into Juvenile Hall on suspicion of reckless driving, felony evading and a license violation, Toner said.