High-speed chase ends when man crashes into parked car

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SAN DIEGO -- A man who fled a traffic stop in Point Loma Wednesday led police on a high-speed chase to the Mountain View area, where he got into a fiery crash and was taken into custody along with a female passenger.

The pursuit began shortly before 9:30 a.m., when a patrol officer saw a driver run a stop sign at Elliott Street and Poinsettia Drive, according to San Diego police.

The man refused to yield and fled to the north on Rosecrans Street, SDPD spokesman Matt Tortorella said. He turned onto Hancock and Kurtz streets, at times going the wrong way in traffic lanes, before entering Interstate 8 and heading east at speeds up to 100 mph.

After passing through Mission Valley, the driver merged onto Interstate 805 and continued to the south through North Park, Fairmount Park and Mount Hope.

He then exited at Market Street and traversed several more city streets while fleeing to the west. At 40th Street and National Avenue, he lost control of the Kia four-door he was driving, sending it smashing into the back of a parked car.

As the front of the Kia began burning, officers hauled out the driver and his passenger out and took them into custody.

The man was transported to UCSD Medical Center for evaluation of injuries he suffered in the crash. His companion was taken to a police station for questioning. Their names were not immediately available.

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