Chase ends when SUV crashes into building

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SAN DIEGO – An SUV fleeing from police crashed into a power pole, totaled a parked car and crashed into the side of a building early Monday, causing a power outage that affected dozens of homes.

The chase began at about 12:30 a.m., when a speeding silver SUV passed a San Diego police patrol car. Officers turned on their siren and flashing lights and followed the SUV, but the driver refused to pull over.

At one point in the chase, a passenger in the SUV attempted to jump out the back, but he held on and was dragged for a short way until he could scramble back into the vehicle, police said.

The fleeing driver tried to turn onto 26th Street at Imperial Avenue, but he lost control and the SUV crashed into a power pole, smashed into a parked red sedan hit the side of a building, police said. The badly damaged red car was knocked on its side.

The crash knocked down power lines, cutting electricity to about 67 homes and businesses. By 7 a.m., utility crews had restored power to all customers, SDG&E said.

There were four people in the SUV, police said. The driver, who complained of severe neck pain, was taken to a local hospital for treatment and faces various charges for the pursuit and crash. The man who attempted to jump out of the SUV was arrested for an outstanding felony warrant.

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