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Police Chase Ends with Bank Robbery Suspect in Custody

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Police pursued a man suspected of robbing a Carmel Mountain-area bank Friday as he led police on a 45-minute chase, driving wildly before officers were able to force him to a stop and arrest him.

The suspect refused to yield when San Diego police tried to pull him over about 5:50 p.m. on Carmel Mountain Road, near Rancho Penasquitos Boulevard, a dispatcher said.

The man, who was driving a silver Honda Civic, fled along surface streets, including Black Mountain Road, Twin Trails Drive and Paseo Montalban, driving through stop signs and pulling into and out of commercial parking lots.

He eventually got onto Interstate 15 and continued fleeing to the south, repeatedly exiting the freeway, sometimes by driving the wrong down ramps, police said.

The chase then proceeded on state Route 163 and eastbound state Route 52. On the latter freeway, the suspect drove the wrong way on the right-hand westbound shoulder, then exited at Santo Road, pulled a U turn and re-entered the expressway, this time driving to the west on the correct side of the road.

San Diego police, meanwhile, called their ground units off the pursuit for safety reasons and continued tailing the fleeing man from above in their department's patrol helicopter.

Minutes later, the man took a ramp onto southbound state Route 163, where he ran over a tire-flattening spike strip that officers had laid in his path.

Slowed by one or more shredded tires, the suspect nonetheless continued on for several more minutes, exiting at Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, where he once again drove the wrong way on that thoroughfare before re entering state Route 163.

At that point, as the man slowly drove down the southbound onramp, an officer used his squad car to nudge the back end of the Civic in such a way that it spun around 180 degrees, allowing officers to box it in with several more cruisers.

They then pulled the man out of the car and arrested him about 6:35 p.m., police said. The suspect's name was not immediately available.

No injuries were reported.

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