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Drunk driving suspect arrested after chase in North County

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A suspected drunken driver who led police on a nearly hour-long chase through two North County cities, ramming a patrol car at one point, was arrested Wednesday.

An officer saw 48-year-old Feggin Christopher Conners driving erratically while talking on a cell phone in the 1900 block of South Coast Highway in Oceanside and tried to pull him over shortly after 2 a.m., Lt. Leonard Mata said.

Conners allegedly refused to yield and fled to the north and east, eventually entering Vista, where the Toyota sedan he was driving ran over a spike strip that officers had laid in his path, according to Mata.

Though the tires on the car were flattened, the suspect continued fleeing for a time. At one point, he pulled to a stop, then put the vehicle in reverse and backed into an Oceanside squad car, Mata said.

Conners also crashed the Toyota into several parked vehicles before finally stopping for good in the 1600 block of Marbella Drive in Vista.

Officers then arrested him and took him to jail, where he was booked on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, hit-and-run and assault with a deadly weapon.

The pursuit resulted in no reported injuries.

Conners was being held at Vista Detention Center on $50,000 bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Friday afternoon.

 

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