Man arrested after trying to escape from police through motel wall

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SAN DIEGO -- A man led police on a short chase in a U-Haul, then barricaded himself in a Mission Bay motel Sunday, trying to break through the walls to escape and getting bitten by a police dog before officers were finally able to arrest him.

“About a quarter to nine this morning, we received a call of a suspect who’s wanted in a case involving stolen weapons and other stolen property,” San Diego Police Lt. Christian Sharp told FOX 5.

Officers tried to stop the man's car on Grand Avenue, but the driver sped off. When he pulled up to a motel on Mission Bay Drive, the man ran inside and holed himself up in one of the motel rooms, leaving his female passenger to be questioned by officers.

Sharp described the bizarre scene that came next: “We attempted to call him out which was unsuccessful. While we were upstairs outside his door, we could hear him. It appeared he was digging through the walls, and he had bored through at least two walls into a neighboring apartment.

“We had to force entry into the bathroom and there was a struggle. He was bit by the police dog, and he was successfully taken into custody ... He will be treated and then he’s going to be booked into jail on numerous felony charges."

Witnesses say it was all a shock to wake up to.

"I definitely knew it was something serious because I heard the sirens. We hear sirens (often), but I knew it was not one or two cops -- that was ten cops," said Lindsey Price, who saw it all happen.

“The U-Haul did not get very far,” Price explained. “They opened the door right away and two guys grabbed her from the front and back, put her on the ground and then they cuffed her and put her in the back of the car."

No names were immediately released.

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