A 43-year-old man who allegedly led San Diego Sheriff‘s deputies on a pursuit through Encinitas and Solana Beach was behind bars Monday.

A sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop a vehicle around 9:20 p.m. Sunday after it allegedly blew through stop signs at the intersections of Second and K streets and South Coast Highway 101 and K Street in Encinitas, sheriff’s Sgt. Rich Eaton said.

The driver briefly stopped in the vicinity of South Coast Highway 101 and Chesterfield Drive, but then sped off and headed the wrong way on southbound Interstate 5. Eaton said.

Deputies ended the pursuit, but saw the suspect’s vehicle exit the freeway and drive into an apartment complex at 700 S. Nardo Ave. Eaton said a man then ran from the vehicle.

Steven Richard Leacock was placed under arrest on suspicion of felony evading a peace officer with wanton disregard for public safety. He was booked into the Vista Detention Facility and was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail, according to Eaton and jail records.

— City News Service

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