SAN DIEGO — A vehicle pursuit ensued Friday morning on the eastbound Interstate 8, after San Diego police responded to a call involving an individual threatening family members with a gun and vandalizing vehicles.
Around 9 a.m., officers were dispatched to the scene at the 1800 block of Drescher Street in Linda Vista, according to SDPD. The individual who called the incident in had indicated that the suspect left the area in a white Dodge Ram pickup truck.
Responding law enforcement were able to locate the truck near the intersection of Friars Road and Ulric Street, attempting a traffic stop. According to police, the suspect did not pull over, instead fleeing from SDPD toward I-8.
California Highway Patrol took over the pursuit along I-8, up until the end east of Lake Jennings. SkyFOX aerial video showed the hood of the truck was up when the truck pulled over on the side of the highway.
The vehicle crashed multiple times in the pursuit, according to SDPD: first with a vehicle at the Mission Center onramp to I-8 then with a fire truck handling an unrelated collision on the highway east of Texas Street.
The suspect got out and ran, making it only a short distance before a K-9 took the driver down. Afterward, officers took the driver into custody and transported him to a local hospital for treatment of injuries sustained from police dog bites.
There were no reported injuries aside from the suspect, SDPD said.
The suspect, described as a 34-year-old man, faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon (vehicle), criminal threats, felony vandalism, felony evading, resisting arrest with force, fleeing the scene of a collision and driving under the influence.
The SDPD Western Division will be heading the investigation into the incident.