2 officers injured in high-speed chase from Orange County to Solana Beach

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SAN DIEGO — Two officers were injured Thursday morning following a high-speed pursuit on Interstate 5 that lasted over an hour and stretched from Orange County to Solana Beach.

Dispatchers received a call around 4:20 a.m. from a person who reported an armed robbery at a Chevron on Alicia Parkway near I-5 in the Laguna Hills area, Orange County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Carrie Braun said.

The caller also reported that a man armed with a gun left the area in a vehicle, described as a black Dodge Charger, Braun said, adding that investigators later determined that the suspect was involved in a road rage incident — not a robbery — and threatened the victims with a gun in the parking lot of the Chevron before taking off.

No injuries were reported from that incident.

Deputies responded to the area and located the vehicle a short time later, but the vehicle entered southbound Interstate 5 sped off, Braun said.

The driver, who reached 120 mph, continued southbound on Interstate 5 then exited at Lomas Santa Fe Drive around 5 a.m., San Diego County Sheriff’s Lt. Fran Passalacqua said.

Two CHP officers attempted a PIT maneuver to stop the suspect’s car, highway officials said. The officers exited their patrol car to take the driver into custody, but he drove off hitting them.

The driver crashed the car about a mile from I-5 near La Floresta and ran away, authorities said. San Diego County Sheriff’s Department blocked off the area to traffic.

Authorities tracked down the suspected driver near the crash site and took him into custody at 6:10 a.m. The man suffered minor injuries and was taken to a hospital.

Orange County Sheriff’s Department described the man as a 5-feet, 8-inches tall Hispanic man in his 30s.

Lomas Santa Fe Drive was closed in both directions from Via Mil Cumbres Drive to La Floresta. Drivers were asked to avoid the area.

The officers suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to authorities. One officer was seen getting placed into an ambulance. The other was walking around the scene.

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