SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A man who fled a traffic stop on an Emerald Hills thoroughfare Monday was arrested following a brief pursuit that ended when he crashed his car off a freeway connector at high speed, police reported.
A San Diego police motorcycle officer pulled over the 33-year-old motorist in the 4700 block of Market Street shortly before 11 a.m. for talking on his cell phone without a hands-free device while behind the wheel, SDPD traffic Sgt. Tod Bassett said.
While the officer was running a computer check on the man, who had a passenger with him in his black 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt, the driver shouted out an expletive and sped off, according to Bassett.
The patrolman gave chase as the motorist fled to the east, at times traveling on the westbound side of the road, then headed north on Euclid Avenue.
Reaching nearby State Route 94, the fleeing man tried to enter the freeway the wrong way on a curving offramp but lost control of the car due to his excessive speed, Bassett said.
The sedan skidded off the roadway and got stuck in an ice plant-filled median, where the driver jumped out and ran off to the south.
Moments later, two officers who had arrived to assist in the pursuit arrested the fleeing man after he jumped on the hood of their patrol car, then stumbled and fell to the ground, Bassett said.
The man, whose name was not immediately available, was booked on suspicion of felony evasion of police, driving while intoxicated and other charges. His passenger was not arrested.
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