ESCONDIDO (CNS) - A man allegedly caught burglarizing a North County construction site early Wednesday led police on a brief road chase before crashing the stolen municipal vehicle he was driving, fighting with officers and finally getting arrested.
Patrol personnel responding to a report of suspected theft taking place at the work site in the 2200 block of Harveson Place in Escondido shortly after 4:30 a.m. arrived to find Sean David Ramsey, 43, speeding away in a city of Del Mar public-works truck, according to police.
The suspect fled for about a mile at high speed, at times driving on the wrong side of roads, then lost control of the stolen vehicle and crashed it into a ditch, Sgt. Eric Distel said.
Though he was hurt in the wreck, Ramsey jumped out of the truck and tried to escape on foot, according to Distel. When officers caught up with the suspect, he got into a scuffle with them, prompting one of them to shoot him with an electric stun gun, the sergeant said. At that point, they were able to take him into custody.
Medics took Ramsey to Palomar Medical Center for treatment of injuries he suffered in the traffic accident and struggle with police. Two officers also were evaluated at the same hospital for minor trauma they sustained while grappling with Ramsey, Distel said.
Stolen construction materials were found in the damaged city truck, he said.
Ramsey was expected to be booked into county jail on suspicion of various charges, including commercial burglary, assaulting police, resisting arrest and possession of stolen property.