Man in stolen BMW chased through 3 counties

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SAN DIEGO — An auto-theft suspect refused to yield to the California Highway Patrol, led a road chase from Escondido to San Bernardino County where he was stopped three hours later, authorities reported.

The high-speed pursuit began in the area of North Mission Road in Escondido shortly before 1:30 p.m., CHP public-affairs Officer Robert Catano said.

Officers chased the stolen black BMW 328 driven by 47-year-old Charles Bouvier Williams through streets in Escondido and onto northbound Interstate 15. The fleeing man soon exited, then got back onto the southbound side of the freeway for a time before getting off it again and doubling back once more to the north, Catano said.

Williams crossed into Riverside County and then into San Bernardino County, CHP said.  He was eventually slowed the car to the right shoulder, south of East Baker Boulevard at 4:30 p.m. in Baker, 50 miles from the Nevada border, CHP confirmed.

Authorities took Williams, the only person in the vehicle, into custody. It was not immediately known of drugs or alcohol were involved.

Williams faces charges including driving a stolen vehicle and evading police.

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