Man carjacks multiple vehicles, crashes them during chase

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CARDIFF BY THE SEA, Calif. -- A man stole at least two cars and crashed them during a high-speed chase with police that crossed into three Southern California counties.

It started in Murrieta around 9:45 a.m. Monday. The California Highway Patrol said officers tried to pull over a man on a motorcycle for not wearing a helmet.

The man took off, officers said, and at some point dumped the motorcycle and stole a silver car. He then crashed that vehicle in a construction zone on the freeway near Cardiff By The Sea and ditched it.

Construction workers said the man jumped from the top of a freeway bridge to the road below near the Manchester exit. He stole a worker's white Prius and took off down Manchester.

A witness at a nearby gas station who saw it all says he saw the police lay down spike strips, but the suspect drive right over them, "that’s when a white Prius ripped by going 80 miles per hour and then drove up the on-ramp on the wrong side before cutting thru the construction zone. Then he made his way onto the freeway with officers following."

The man drove north into Orange County and surrendered to police in San Clemente, where he was arrested.

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