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Suspect arrested after police pursuit, crash

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A suspected drugged driver in a stolen car -- wanted for other felonies -- led deputies on a pursuit through Southeastern San Diego, but crashed into several vehicles and was arrested, a sergeant said Sunday.

Adrian Atondo, 49, of El Cajon, was spotted just before 9 p.m. Saturday, when a sheriff's deputy's computerized camera indicated he was driving a stolen Honda Civic on state Route 94, sheriff's Sgt. Dave Martinez said.

The deputy requested help from California Highway Patrol and San Diego police officers, and followed the driver off the eastbound 94 freeway and onto Southeastern San Diego's surface streets, Martinez said.

Officers attempted to stop the car, but Atondo allegedly sped off. Martinez said the hot car crashed into another vehicle in the 6200 block of eastbound Imperial Avenue, then crossed into oncoming traffic and collided with two more vehicles.

Atondo then stopped and allegedly tried to run away from the wrecked Honda, according to the sergeant.

Martinez said he was arrested shortly after, and was later found to be under the influence of a controlled substance and in possession of methamphetamine. He also had an outstanding felony warrant.

Atondo was taken to a hospital on a complaint of back pain before he was booked into jail for suspicion of several charges including possession of stolen property, felony evading and drug violations.

The three vehicles Atondo allegedly crashed into sustained moderate damage. One of the drivers was taken to a hospital after complaining of arm pain, Martinez said.

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