Fleeing driver ditches burning car after slamming into pole

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ESCONDIDO, Calif. — A fleeing driver in a Cadillac was able to elude pursuing California Highway Patrol officers early Monday but apparently ditched the car and took off after crashing into a light pole north of Escondido, authorities said.

Officers attempted to pull over a speeding black Cadillac CTS on southbound Interstate 15 near Old Highway 395 shortly after 1 a.m., but the driver did not yield, according to the CHP.

Officers chased the Cadillac for a time, but lost sight of it after the driver exited onto southbound Old Highway 395. They came upon a car fire near the intersection of Champagne Boulevard and Mountain Meadow Road shortly afterward, but the driver had apparently abandoned the vehicle after it struck a light pole, authorities said.

A description of the driver was not immediately available.