Pedestrian struck by driver during police pursuit

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SAN DIEGO -- An SUV pursued by police ran over a transient when it crashed Wednesday morning outside a City Heights convenience store.

Officers arrested one man who fled from the vehicle while another evaded capture, authorities said.

About 3:30 a.m., patrol officers in City Heights spotted a Lexus SUV parked on a sidewalk with the driver talking to somebody outside the vehicle, San Diego police Officer Dino Delimitros said. The SUV sped away when police approached.

"They fled, we chased and they crashed trying to turn into a parking lot," Delimitros said.

A man was run over and injured outside the 7-Eleven at Euclid Avenue and El Cajon Boulevard by the SUV, Delimitros said. The man complained of leg pain, and his injuries at first appeared to be serious, but doctors later determined there were no fractures or apparent ligament damage and he wouldn't require surgery.

"The (Lexus) ended up in a planter box and the driver and passenger took off running," Delimitros said. "The driver was arrested but the passenger is still gone."

No description of the passenger was immediately available