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Holdup suspect takes cops on lengthy road chase

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - An armed man allegedly robbed a City Heights fast-food restaurant Tuesday afternoon before leading police on a 45-minute road chase through southern San Diego and the South Bay before finally pulling over on Interstate 5 and surrendering at gunpoint to a phalanx of officers.

The holdup at the McDonald's in the 5300 block of El Cajon Boulevard was reported shortly after 1 p.m., according to San Diego police.

The thief, who was armed with a pistol, fled the business in a gray or dark-green Pontiac sedan, SDPD Detective Gary Hassen said. When patrol officers caught up with the vehicle a short time later, the suspect refused to yield and sped off to the south.

The fleeing man led squad cars and a police helicopter through southeast San Diego, National City and Chula Vista. In the latter city, the suspect exited Interstate 805 and crisscrossed over various surface streets before getting onto I-5, this time headed north, according to Hassen.

By that time, several of the tires on the Pontiac were flattened and shredded, apparently from spike strips that officers had laid in the suspect's path.

A few minutes later, the fleeing man pulled to a stop on the freeway, just south of Main Street in National City. He promptly got out, followed officers' shouted orders to lie face-down on the roadway and was arrested.

The suspect's name was not immediately available.

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