SAN DIEGO — A man suspected of leading officers on a pursuit following a freeway shooting with another vehicle in northeastern San Diego County was arrested Monday, authorities said.
Around 5:50 a.m., California Highway Patrol received a call about a possible shooting on Interstate 15, south of Rainbow Valley Boulevard near Rainbow, Officer Hunter Gerber of CHP said in a news release. Officers say a 57-year-old Murrieta man was driving a Dodge Ram in the third lane when the 28-year-old driver of a Mercedes CLK230C coupe fired a shot at the truck.
The driver of the Ram suffered minor injuries from broken glass, Gerber said. The reasoning for the shooting has not yet been determined, but investigators believe it may be road rage-related.
Officers located the Mercedes on I-15, north of state Route 78, after the driver left the shooting scene, according to authorities. At that point, the driver started to pull over for officers on the right shoulder of the freeway but then took off, prompting a pursuit.
He led officers on the southbound I-15 offramp to Via Rancho Parkway in Escondido. That’s where he drove off the roadway onto the Via Rancho Parkway onramp to I-15, colliding with a Mini Cooper and overturning onto a guard rail barrier, Gerber said.
The 59-year-old driver of the Mini Cooper was taken to a hospital for minor injuries while the Mercedes driver got out of the vehicle and ran on foot.
With the assistance of a police dog and other law enforcement agencies, the suspect was arrested, authorities said. He faces several charges including felony evading of a police officer, felony hit and run, possession of burglary tools, possession of narcotics and felony assault with a deadly weapon.
Two other passengers also were in the Mercedes, a 34-year-old from Highland and a 26-year-old man from Ontario, California. A loaded firearm was located in the vehicle, too, Gerber said.
Authorities asked anyone with information or who may have witnessed the incident to contact the Oceanside Area CHP office at 760-643-3400.