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Suspect in Chula Vista police standoff surrenders

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CHULA VISTA (CNS) - A parolee armed with a pistol led police on a roundabout road chase through Chula Vista Wednesday before pulling over and refusing to get out of his car, prompting a four-hour-plus standoff that ended uneventfully, authorities said.

The pursuit began shortly before 10 a.m., when officers tried to stop the suspect for speeding in the 400 block of Shasta Street, near the Chula Vista Center mall, police spokesman Bernard Gonzales said.

Patrol personnel chased the parolee's black Ford Crown Victoria to the east over surface streets, then south on Interstate 805, Gonzales said. In the southern reaches of the city, the fleeing man exited at Main Street and doubled back to the north.

He finally pulled over on Nacion Avenue, near East Moss Street and just west of I-805, and officers surrounded his cars with their guns drawn, taking cover behind their cruisers. A SWAT team also took up positions around the parolee's vehicle.

Ignoring commands to disarm himself and give up peacefully, the man used a cell phone to get in touch with police, saying he wanted to talk with his mother, Lt. Eric Thunberg said.

The suspect, whose name was not immediately available, also vowed that he would kill himself rather than go back to prison, the lieutenant said.

Authorities blocked off a stretch of the roadway around the parolee's sedan, from Naples Avenue to East L Street, and sent school-resources officers to nearby Cook and Kellogg elementary schools as a precaution.

About 2:30 p.m., the suspect complied with orders to disarm himself and get out of the car with his hands in the air. Officers took him into custody without further incident, after which the SWAT officers searched his vehicle for any other weapons or contraband.

Police reopened all affected traffic lanes in the neighborhood shortly thereafter, Gonzales said.

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