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Two arrested after high-speed chase and rollover

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ESCONDIDO (CNS) - The man accused of leading authorities on a 25-minute chase from Escondido to Rancho Bernardo and back in a pursuit that culminated with a rollover crash was behind bars Wednesday, along with his female passenger, who allegedly threw an unloaded weapon out of the vehicle.

Adam Heath, 35, was taken into custody on suspicion of evading police, driving under the influence, possession of a controlled substance and other drug and weapons violations following the crash, which occurred in the vicinity of Interstate 15 and State Route 76.

Passenger Tatiana Nedeljkovic, 34, was also arrested on suspicion of drug- and weapon-related offenses. She was being held in jail on a warrant from outside of the county.

The events that led to the pair's arrest began shortly before 3:30 p.m. Tuesday when Heath allegedly ran a red light at Nordahl Road and El Norte Parkway, then disregarded a deputy's order to stop the SUV, according to sheriff's Deputy Michael Duong.

Sheriff's officials said Heath also caused a near-collision with a deputy's cruiser at El Norte Parkway and Interstate 15 before heading south on the freeway.

Deputies chased him as he exited onto Via Rancho Parkway, drove through the Westfield North County Fair shopping center, Duong said. The SUV then crashed through a chain link fence, drove up an embankment and re-entered I-15, this time heading north.

As the SUV returned to the freeway, Nedeljkovic tossed out an unloaded firearm, Duong said. California Highway Patrol officers then joined the pursuit as Heath headed toward state Route 76, the deputy said.

With a sheriff's helicopter crew tailing from above, the driver left the freeway, did a U-turn then tried to head south on the offramp to the northbound lanes, sheriff's officials said. Heath lost control and rolled the SUV near the ramp, Duong said.

Duong said Heath and Nedeljkovic were then removed from the vehicle, and a subsequent search turned up another gun, drugs and potential stolen property, Duong said. Both were arrested.

No injuries were reported.

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