A San Diego Sheriff’s vehicle. Photo by Alexander Nguyen

An auto-theft suspect led deputies on a meandering road chase from Pauma Valley to unincorporated Escondido in a stolen pickup truck Wednesday, making a failed attempt to escape on foot after the vehicle broke down.

The pursuit began shortly before 8:30 a.m. in the area of Cole Grade Road and state Route 76.

The suspect fled over various rural roadways at speeds reaching about 80 mph, eventually winding up near Lawrence Welk Resort Village, where the truck he was driving quit running about 9:30 a.m., San Diego Sheriff’s Lt. Todd Norton said.

“He ran it into the ground,” the lieutenant said.

At that point, the man jumped out of the disabled vehicle and ran off. Deputies gave chase, and the suspect surrendered without further incident a short time later, Norton said.

The arrestee’s name was not immediately available.

–City News Service

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