Cops halt fleeing car with spike strips

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SAN DIEGO – Two people were in jail Thursday morning after leading police on a high-speed chase through Logan Heights, police said.

The pursuit started at Imperial Avenue and 28th Street when a police patrol unit tried to pull a car over for some kind of equipment problem. Instead, the 23-year-old man sped off, leading police in circles around the neighborhood.

Police eventually laid spike strips on the 2400 block of Commercial Street, which flattened three of the car’s tires. The front-left wheel was destroyed, nearly grinding down to the axle.

The owner of the car was the mother of the 21-year-old passenger. She told police the driver did not have permission to take  her car. Police found at least one .45-caliber bullet on the driver, leading officers to speculate that he may have thrown a handgun out of the window during the chase.

Police arrested the driver and the passenger. The driver faces felony evading charges. The passenger’s involvement and subsequent charges remain under investigation Thursday.

The identities of the two involved have not yet been released.

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