A wild police pursuit of a stolen car suspect and later his alleged accomplice led to the arrest of two people in Chula Vista.
San Diego Sheriff‘s deputies responded to a report of stolen Honda Accord at the Palomar Trolley Station at 601 Palomar St. at 6:50 p.m. Friday, according to sheriff’s Sgt. Leonel Gurrola.
A deputy saw the stolen car with a suspect behind the wheel, Gurrola said. The driver apparently spotted the deputy and drove out of the parking lot.
Deputies tried to stop the suspect on the road, but he refused to pull over, according to Gurrola. Instead, he sped up. He tried to negotiate a turn at a high rate of speed and blew out one of his tires. He then got out of the car and ran away on foot.
The suspect was later spotted at a nearby apartment complex where he got into a maroon sedan that was driven by a woman, according to Gurrola. Deputies tried to stop her car but she put it into reverse and sped away.
The woman finally stopped the car on the northbound 805 Freeway, just before the Olympic Parkway exit in Chula Vista. Deputies detained Lorena Valdez, but the male suspect got out and ran away.
He was then located hiding in a two-story storage shed in the backyard of a home at 1552 Ocala Ave., where he was finally taken into custody. The male suspect was later identified as 32-year-old Hector Rafael Areu.
Valdez was arrested and booked on charges of harboring a felony suspect and evading peace officers. Areu was arrested and booked on auto theft and evasion charges.
— City News Service
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