A K-9 unit helped officers take down the suspect who led police on a chase in a stolen car. Photo courtesy of News 8

An auto theft suspect led officers on a roundabout chase from the Stockton area to Mount Hope late Tuesday afternoon before crashing the stolen car he was driving and getting arrested.

The chase began shortly before 5 p.m. at 31st and L streets, according to San Diego police. The suspect fled over various city streets, including Imperial Avenue and Ocean View Boulevard, eventually running over a tire- flattening spike strip that officers had laid out in his path.

The man soon entered Interstate 5 and fled to the north, then merged onto state Route 15 in Southcrest.

A short time later, the suspect lost control of the stolen Nissan Altima while trying to enter eastbound state Route 94, causing it to fishtail and slide to a halt on a dirt median, Officer Dino Delimitros said.

Police sent a service dog into the sedan through a passenger-side window, then surrounded the vehicle with guns drawn, pulled the driver out and took him into custody about 5:20 p.m.

The suspect’s name was not immediately available.

— City News Service

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