A motorist who sped away from a traffic stop near McClellan-Palomar Airport Friday led officers on a vehicle and foot chase that came to an abrupt halt when a witness stepped into the fray, NFL linebacker-style.
The driver, identified as 22-year-old Nicholas Thaddeus Alvarez of Carlsbad, initially was cooperative when an officer pulled him over about 11:15 a.m. at El Camino Real and Palomar Airport Road due to expired registration tags, according to police.
After presenting a California ID card, however, he suddenly drove off, Sgt. Travis Lambert said.
Another officer soon spotted Alvarez’s black Hyundai Genesis heading south on El Fuerte Street from Palomar Airport Road but was unable to give chase due to traffic conditions, Lambert said.
A third officer caught up with the Hyundai about a mile to the southwest, near Alga Norte Community Park, and tried to pull it over.
Alvarez again refused to yield, instead continuing south on Alicante Road toward La Costa Country Club, according to Lambert.
Moments later, Alvarez lost control of his car while attempting to make a hasty right-hand turn onto Poinsettia Lane, sending the sedan crashing into a center-divider island.
Alvarez jumped out of the disabled vehicle and ran, and the pursuing officer pulled over and went after him on foot.
The foot chase came to an end a short distance away, when a 43-year-old Canadian man who happened to be in the area sprang into action by tackling Alvarez and holding him for police, Lambert said.
Alvarez was booked into county jail in Vista on suspicion of hit-and- run, evading police and driving on a suspended license. He was being held on $50,000 bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.
The athletic good Samaritan’s name was not immediately available.
–City News Service
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