A man suspected of being drunk or on drugs while leading deputies on a high-speed chase in the North County was in custody Wednesday.
Matthew Wayne Ross, 31, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and felony evading Tuesday night, according to San Diego County Sheriff’s Sgt. Paul Michalke.
Shortly before 11 p.m., deputies saw a dark Dodge Dart go through a red light at West Mission and Nordahl roads in Escondido, Michalke said in a statement, adding that the driver of the Dart refused to pull over for the deputies.
The ensuing pursuit went westbound into San Marcos, with the suspect reaching speeds in excess of 75 miles per hour and narrowly avoiding a collision with another vehicle at one point, the sergeant said. It ended just west of West Mission and North Rancho Santa Fe roads, after deputies deployed a spike strip that flattened three of the Dart’s four tires.
The suspect struggled with deputies while he was being taken into custody and was bitten on his right shoulder by a K-9 dog, Michalke said.
Ross was booked into the Vista jail, according to sheriff’s records, which showed he could be arraigned at the Vista courthouse as early as Thursday afternoon.
— City News Service
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