File photo by Chris Stone

An armed robber accompanied by an accomplice led police on a high-speed road chase Thursday from the College area to Mission Valley in a stolen car before managing to escape.

The shotgun-toting thief robbed a flower shop in the 5100 block of Jackson Drive in La Mesa shortly before 11 a.m., according to police.

Following the holdup, the bandit, who was dressed all in black and had a red bandana covering his face, got into a waiting black 2016 Hyundai Elantra and was driven out of the area, Lt. Brian Stoney said.

A few minutes later, a La Mesa police officer spotted the getaway vehicle on Interstate 8 in eastern San Diego and gave chase. The fleeing driver continued to the west for about a mile, then exited the freeway at Mission Gorge Road in Grantville.

Officers tailed the Elantra as the driver sped along Camino del Rio South to Texas Street and then re-entered I-8, this time heading east. Near Interstate 15, officers lost sight of the car as it raced up the freeway at speeds up to 100 mph, Stoney said.

About two hours later, San Diego police found the Hyundai, which had been reported stolen earlier in the day, abandoned in the University Heights area.

The robber and his partner remained at large Thursday afternoon.

–City News Service

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