SAN DIEGO (CNS) - An auto theft suspect led deputies on a meandering 40-minute chase from Lakeside to Ramona in a stolen car Thursday before finally pulling over and surrendering.
A deputy spotted the stolen vehicle at Winter Gardens Boulevard and Lemon Crest Drive and tried to pull it over about 10 a.m., sheriff's Lt. Mike Munsey said.
The driver refused to yield and fled to the north, soon entering State Route 67 and speeding past the Foster area and through eastern Poway, according to Munsey.
Near Air Mail Lane, the stolen car ran over a spike strip that sheriff's personnel had laid across the roadway. Though the vehicle's tires were shredded and falling apart, the suspect continued trying to evade deputies chasing him in cruisers and aboard a patrol helicopter.
The pursuit crisscrossed various back-country roads before the fleeing man - by this time driving on the bare rims of the stolen car - finally pulled to a stop near the intersection of Pamo Road and Pile Street.
"He just decided he didn't want to play anymore," Munsey said.
At that point, the driver gave up without further incident. The man, whose name was not immediately available, was arrested on suspicion of auto theft and evading peace officers.
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A woman accused of driving drunk and causing a wrong-way crash that killed the mother of a 4-year-old girl in 4S Ranch was back in court Tuesday.
A 30-year-old man was in custody Tuesday on suspicion of murder in the fatal stabbing of a 58-year-old woman in a Clairemont home, police said.
A 68-year-old man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of sexually assaulting two children he instructed while working as a private tennis instructor in northern San Diego County.
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power outage apparently caused by a squirrel that came into contact with a transmission line at a North Park utility substation Tuesday briefly left about 45,500 central San Diego homes, schools and businesses without electrical service.
A two-alarm fire that engulfed a Spring Valley home caused between $100,000 and $200,000 in damages, but the family inside escaped safely and the home is salvageable, officials said Tuesday.
A fire that has scorched 255 acres of brush in the rugged northeastern reaches of San Diego County is 85 percent contained Tuesday, authorities said.