Burglary suspect flips car during getaway

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SAN DIEGO — A burglary suspect flipped his car while trying to flee police Thursday afternoon, causing a major backup on Miramar Road, police said.

The events leading up to the crash began Thursday morning, when a woman returned to her home in Cardiff and noticed that someone had broken in and stolen items including her iPhone, police said. The woman used a software GPS application to locate her phone and called the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department to report the theft.

FlippedCarThe software showed that the phone was in the city of San Diego, so deputies contacted the San Diego Police Department.  SDPD officers arrived at the location at about 11:40 a.m., and when they knocked on the door, a man, identified as 22-year-old Andrew Marciniwski, sped away from the home in a dark sedan, police said.

Patrol officers spotted a car matching the description of the burglary suspect’s black 1999 Honda sedan on Carroll Way in the Miramar neighborhood around 2:45 p.m.. They turned on their lights to pull over the car, but the driver sped away. When he tried to turn on Miramar Road at the Miramar Memorial Golf Course, the speeding car flipped on its roof.

Emergency crews freed Marcinowski from the damaged vehicle and took him to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla for treatment of minor injuries, police said. He was then released into police custody.

Marcinowski was expected to be booked into county jail on suspicion of the crimes alleged in the outstanding warrants — possession of stolen property and being under the influence of a controlled substance — as well as evading police and other charges related to the road chase.

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