Police arrest suspected car thief after chase through South Bay

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SAN DIEGO -- An auto theft suspect led officers on a roundabout chase from the Stockton area to Mount Hope late Tuesday afternoon before crashing the stolen car he was driving and getting arrested.

The chase began shortly before 5 p.m. at 31st and L streets, according to San Diego police. The suspect fled over various city streets, including Imperial Avenue and Ocean View Boulevard, eventually running over a tire- flattening spike strip that officers had laid out in his path.

The man soon entered Interstate 5 and fled to the north, then merged onto state Route 15 in Southcrest.

A short time later, the suspect lost control of the stolen Nissan Altima while trying to enter eastbound state Route 94, causing it to fishtail and slide to a halt on a dirt median, Officer Dino Delimitros said.

Police sent a service dog into the sedan through a passenger-side window, then surrounded the vehicle with guns drawn, pulled the driver out and took him into custody about 5:20 p.m.

The suspect's name was not immediately available.

1 Comment

  • Sad and sick!

    Sad the police treat the service dogs as expendable. Why would you allow an animal to jump into known danger. Ranks right up there with laboratory testing of cosmetics on kittens. They even put a price tag on the K9’s at $15K a piece. Sick and lack of consideration of life.

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