Oceanside Police cruiser
File image courtesy Oceanside Police Department

Updated Aug. 12, 2018 at 7:53 p.m.

Three men led Oceanside police on a dangerous pursuit in a stolen car this afternoon, running red lights and eventually ditching their car before two of them were apprehended on foot. One remained at large.

It all began about 4:10 p.m., when the three occupants of a Honda Civic apparently spotted a patrol car near the intersection of College Boulevard and Mesa Drive, and took off for no immediately obvious reason, Oceanside police Lt. Tom Wayer said.

”One of our officers was just driving around College and Mesa and this car started driving on the shoulder and running red lights,” Wayer said.

The driver sped through the area with officers in pursuit before pulling over in the 4600 block of Calle del Greco in a nearby residential neighborhood, Wayer said.

The three men in the car then got out and tried to get away from officers on foot.

One of the three ran into a backyard, and police were able to arrest two men by about 4:35 p.m., according to Wayer. Officers later determined the car had been stolen, Oceanside police Sgt. Jeff Brandt said.

Police were continuing to search for the car’s third occupant, Brandt said.

–City News Service