Police arrest driver after chase through county

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SAN DIEGO — A man was arrested after being chased by authorities from Encanto to Escondido Tuesday morning, police said.

About a half-dozen patrol cars, including California Highway Patrol, San Diego police and San Diego County Sheriff’s departments, were seen following the driver north on Interstate 15.

The man refused to yield when San Diego police tried to pull him over for a traffic violation in the 6800 block of Akins Avenue shortly after 9 a.m., SDPD public-affairs Officer Michael Stirk said.

The motorist drove off to the east toward Spring Valley, then entered state Route 125 and headed north, Stirk said.

Reaching Santee, the man entered SR-52 and headed west, then merged onto northbound Interstate 15 when he got to the Miramar area.

While passing through northern San Diego with SDPD and California Highway Patrol personnel tailing him and tracking his pursuit aboard a police helicopter, the driver managed to avoid running over several spike strips that CHP officers hurled onto the roadway in his path.

After entering Escondido, however, the man finally pulled to a stop on the side of the freeway near Ninth Avenue and was taken into custody without further incident about 9:45 a.m., Stirk said.

The arrestee’s name was not immediately available.

Caltrans officials closed all northbound I-15 lanes north of Felicita Road due to the chase investigation.


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