EL CAJON (CNS) - A man accused of leading deputies on a pursuit through southeastern San Diego and crashing the stolen car he was driving while high on drugs into several vehicles was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday.
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, according to San Diego County sheriff's Sgt. Dave Martinez.
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 stolen 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 Atondo was arrested a short time later 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 after complaining of back pain and then was booked into jail on suspicion of several crimes, 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.
After two mistrials, a judge Friday dismissed felony DUI and hit-and-run charges against an oft-deported Mexican citizen accused of causing a crash in San Ysidro that seriously injured a 6-year-old boy returning home after a day at Disneyland with his family.
Students and community members in San Diego County plan to march for gun control this weekend as part of a nationwide "March for Our Lives."
A stabbing outside a Costco store in Carlsbad Friday left one person seriously injured and an acquaintance of the victim's in custody on suspicion of attempted murder.
Congress gave President Donald Trump the $1.6 billion he wanted this year for his proposed "big, beautiful" border wall with Mexico but the headline number masks what he didn't get on one of his signature campaign promises.
Annual data from San Diego county medical services show an alarming number of local underage drinking deaths.
A man accused of killing his girlfriend -- a mother of two -- in the apartment they shared in the Mountain View neighborhood of San Diego must stand trial on murder and misdemeanor child endangerment charges, a judge ruled Friday.
The San Diego County unemployment rate dropped by a tenth of a percent to 3.5 percent in February amid "better-than-average" growth, according to data released Friday by the state Employment Development Department.
School shootings, for good reason, make news. Most make national news. Some even make international news.
Sheriff's detectives were conducting a follow-up investigation Friday after determining that a pair of bomb threats made against two North County high schools late Thursday night was likely part of a "swatting" hoax, authorities said.