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Two frantic pursuits end with arrests, cop cars rammed

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EL CAJON (CBS 8) - A man who led police on a rush-hour pursuit through busy El Cajon streets was identified late Thursday night, and expected to face charges for evading police and allegedly ramming a squad car.

The driver was identified as Jerry Lee Hickethier, 33, of El Cajon.

Police say a veteran sergeant with the El Cajon Police Department saw Hickethier fail to stop for a red light and attempted to pull him over. But Hickethier allegedly took off, with the sergeant chasing him with lights and siren blaring.

Police say Hickethier then came to a sudden stop, put his vehicle in reverse, and intentionally rammed the police car, causing moderate damage.

The driver sped away from the crash scene, evading officers on his tail who tried to stop him at a busy intersection.  Hickethier then allegedly drove onto the sidewalk, struck a light pole, and slammed into another police vehicle before taking off again.

When the suspect finally attempted to drive onto Interstate 8 from El Cajon Boulevard, the pursuing officers performed a pit maneuver and stopped the vehicle.

Police say Hickethier got out of the pick-up truck and approached the officers, shouting and gesturing with his hands. Investigators say he failed to comply with officers' orders.

Hickethier was then taken to the ground and arrested. He later booked into County Jail on charges of assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer and evading arrest.

Nobody was injured. Hickethier is due to be arraigned in court on May 7.

Less than an hour after Hickethier was taken into custody, San Diego Police undertook another dangerous pursuit, after an alert officer spotted a grey Honda Civic that had reportedly been stolen out of National City earlier Thursday.

When the officer tried to pull over the suspect behind the wheel, the driver continued speeding along westbound Interstate 8, before pulling off on to surface streets in Grantville.

After hitting two other cars, the suspect came to a crashing halt along Alvarado Canyon Road when he back into a police cruiser. He then footbailed, sprinting up an embankment and desperately running across four lanes of I-8 traffic in an attempt to escape. He finally stopped at the center divider, where police took him into custody.

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