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.
In celebration of American Heart Month, Rady Children's Hospital hosted its 34th annual Heart Party. It was a chance for former heart patients and the doctors who treated them to have a very happy and healthy reunion.
A local lawmaker is joining the controversial debate about a Point Loma recycling center. Assemblyman Todd Gloria spoke to residents Saturday during a forum.
Neighbors say the Prince Recycling Center on Voltaire Street is attracting crime and transients, and they want the center to move out of the area.
Fair, warm and dry weather continues through Saturday, but an onshore flow will bring low clouds and fog Saturday night and much cooler weather to the county on Sunday.
Few of us really know how our coworkers spend their time when they are off the clock. In Thursday's Zevely Zone, Jeff gets to know Ryan Brothers - a writer here at KFMB Stations and News 8 - who put his own signature on Mission Trails Regional Park.
A San Marcos man who shot his girlfriend and left her body in her car, parked along northbound Interstate 15 near Escondido, was convicted Friday of first-degree murder.
A local company is on the cutting edge of ocean exploration using unmanned vehicles powered by wind and sun and the future looks bright for these ocean drones, which currently are being tested off the coast of San Diego.
Two men involved in an apparent road rage incident that ended with a rollover crash on State Route 78 in Oceanside may face charges, according to California Highway Patrol.