San Diego County Sheriff’s Department cruiser.

Deputies chased a vehicle through El Cajon, ending with the arrests of the driver and a passenger who barricaded himself with a knife in a nearby pharmacy Saturday.

A deputy spotted a white sedan speeding away with a man who appeared to match the description of a suspect who fled a road-rage pursuit, Lopez said. It was later determined that he was not connected to that incident.

However, when the deputy attempted to stop the white sedan, the driver sped away and deputies gave chase.

As deputies pursued the car, one passenger jumped from the moving vehicle on Channel Road in Lakeside, sustaining head and shoulder injuries. He was later taken to Sharp Memorial Hospital for treatment, Lopez said.

The pursuit continued into El Cajon where the other three passengers got out of the car and fled the scene, after the driver stopped the white sedan on Coogan Way.

One of the three, 35-year-old Chula Vista resident Ruben Chavez, was immediately arrested and later booked into the San Diego Central Jail on drug and weapon possession charges, the sheriff’s sergeant said.

Another passenger escaped, while deputies chased the third into the CVS Pharmacy at the 500 block of Fletcher Parkway, across the street from the Parkway Plaza mall.

Inside the pharmacy, the suspect, later identified as 27-year-old Erik Talavera, pulled out a knife and threatened to stab himself if deputies approached, Lopez said. Talavera attempted to run out a back door, but when it was locked, he used chairs to barricade himself inside the pharmacy’s break room.

When deputies forced their way into that room, Talavera stabbed himself in the neck several times.

A deputy deployed his Taser on Talavera, causing him to drop the knife and allowing deputies to safely approach and detain him, Lopez said. Talavera was taken to Sharp Memorial Hospital with multiple stab wounds to his neck and will be booked into jail on various criminal charges when he’s released from the hospital.

Sheriff’s officials asked anyone with information about the pursuit to call Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

— City News Service

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