A man who led sheriff’s deputies on a brief high-speed chase in a stolen car Sunday morning eluded arrest after crashing and fleeing on foot.

A San Diego Sheriff‘s deputy attempted to stop the driver of a silver Honda Civic around 2:10 a.m. after the deputy witnessed the driver speed through a red light at the intersection of Rancheros Drive and San Marcos Boulevard, Sheriff’s Sgt. Paul Michalke said. Before attempting to stop the car, the deputy ran a license plate check and determined the vehicle was stolen.

The driver of the Civic did not pull over and the deputy chased the driver at speeds up to 70 miles per hour until the driver turned onto Maple Avenue, a dead-end road. The driver of the stolen vehicle intentionally crashed the car into the deputy’s patrol car before fleeing on foot, Michalke said.

The deputy and other responding deputies secured the area and chased the suspect through the backyards of several homes before the man escaped, Michalke said.

Sheriff’s deputies found an unloaded 9 millimeter handgun near the vehicle that they believe the suspect discarded before fleeing on foot, according to Michalke. Deputies found four used 9 millimeter shell casings inside the car.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact Sheriff’s Detective Benny Cruz at (760) 510-5230.

— City News Service

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.

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