SAN DIEGO — Several people suspected of shoplifting in North County were detained Thursday afternoon after a pursuit came to an end in the Mission Valley area, police said.
The pursuit started in the 11400 block of Carmel Mountain Road, where police began following a group in a Ford Edge suspected of shoplifting from an Ulta Beauty store, according to the San Diego Police Department.
“The employees got a really good description of the vehicle and a license plate, and so officers set up on the freeway to see if they could locate that car,” Lt. Adam Sharki told FOX 5 in an interview. “And officers along with the police helicopter were able to locate that car on the 15 freeway.”
SkyFOX was over the scene when police first pulled over the car and a male driver got out and gave himself up to officers. As he was being detained, the car abruptly took off, and police resumed their pursuit.
The chase came to an end on southbound Interstate 15 near Interstate 8 in the Mission Valley area, where police were able to pull over the car a final time. That’s when a woman got out of the car and started to run, hopping the I-15 barrier and crossing northbound traffic. The woman made it to an embankment, where bystanders attempted to stop her until several officers were able to tackle and detain her.
“It’s dangerous for the suspect, dangerous for the officers and dangerous for the motorists,” Sharki said.
Shortly after, officers surrounded the vehicle and detained two other women.
Ulta employees told FOX 5 that three women with hijab-like clothing stole perfumes and left the store with the male getaway driver. The store’s employees say they were glad to hear that the suspects were caught because those types of crimes happen every week.
The incident is still under investigation, according to SDPD.
“There’s a whole other set of charges versus being a passenger as from being a driver,” Sharki said.
No injuries were reported by police.