VISTA (CNS) - A three-year prison sentence was handed down Wednesday for a young man who fled from police and crashed a stolen car in Escondido, seriously injuring a passenger.
Giovanni Sanchez, 19, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of evading police and an allegation that he caused great bodily injury to his passenger, prosecutor Tracy Prior said.
An Escondido police sergeant spotted Sanchez lurking suspiciously around an auto dealership at Ivy Street and East Valley Parkway about 1:45 a.m. Jan. 9. Seeing the sergeant's police cruiser, the defendant got into a silver Chevrolet Malibu occupied by another man and sped off, police said.
A pursuit ensued, reaching speeds of 60-70 mph. Sanchez lost control of the car near Escondido Promenade mall, sending it into a pole supporting a red-light camera.
The Malibu went airborne, overturned and landed upside down, trapping Sanchez and his passenger inside, police said.
Paramedics took Sanchez to a hospital, where he was treated, then jailed. His passenger suffered serious injuries but did not face any charges.
Police later learned the Malibu had been stolen hours earlier.