A California Highway Patrol cruiser. Courtesy CHP
A California Highway Patrol cruiser. Courtesy CHP

The driver of a stolen SUV led California Highway Patrol officers up and down Interstate 8 between El Cajon and Alpine early Wednesday, but later ditched the vehicle and escaped.

Officers attempted to stop the driver of the silver Toyota Rav4 for speeding on eastbound Interstate 8 near Greenfield Drive in El Cajon shortly after 1:30 a.m., but the motorist took off, according to the CHP.

Two passengers got out in the vicinity of Los Coches and were taken into custody.

The SUV continued east and exited at Willows Road. Officers lost sight of the vehicle near the Viejas Casino & Resort, and later found it abandoned on Dunbar Lane, the CHP reported.

— City News Service

Chris Jennewein

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