CARLSBAD, Calif. — All northbound lanes on a stretch of Interstate 5 in Carlsbad were closed Thursday afternoon due to police activity, after the suspect in a vandalism incident attempted to leave the scene in a rideshare.
Around 11:56 a.m. Thursday, law enforcement was notified about an incident of felony vandalism against a vehicle at the 6000 block of Paseo Del Norte, according to the Carlsbad Police Department.
The individual suspected of committing the vandalism reportedly left the scene in an unidentified rideshare vehicle.
The rideshare with the suspect was located by police, who then attempted a traffic stop. When officers approached the vehicle, CPD said that the suspect started threatening the driver with a large knife.
Carlsbad police initiated a short pursuit that led onto the northbound I-5. The rideshare driver was safely rescued prior to the chase, according to CPD.
The pursuit ended after the car was disabled, police said. The suspect remained in the vehicle, prompting officers to call for the Carlsbad Police Department of Special Weapons and Tactics Team, as well as Crisis Negotiations Team.
According to Caltrans, all northbound lanes of I-5 at La Costa Canyon were closed at La Costa Avenue around 1:45 p.m. for the talks, before reopening just before 2:20 p.m.
Motorists were initially detoured onto Poinsettia Lane to avoid the police activity.
Southbound lanes of I-5 at Palomar Airport Road were also closed initially, but have since been reopened.
After about ninety minutes of de-escalation and negotiations, the suspect, identified as 39-year-old San Diego resident Darneisha Hill, surrendered and was arrested on an outstanding felony warrant from a prior incident, according to Carlsbad Police.
Hill also faces charges of felony vandalism, brandishing a knife, assault with a deadly weapon, carjacking, resisting arrest and felony evading.