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Woman steals San Diego police car, chase ensues

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SAN DIEGO (CNS/CBS 8) - A 22-year-old woman who led officers on a chase from downtown San Diego to Oceanside in a stolen police cruiser is in custody Saturday on suspicion of multiple felony charges.

Felicitas Flores is accused of stealing the parked police cruiser about 11:30 p.m. Friday on the 300 block of 17th Street in the East Village neighborhood.

At times, speeds reached 90 miles per hour. The chase was led by a San Diego police cruiser driven by Flores, believed to be under the influence.

"We got a report from one of our officers in the downtown area that their police car was missing. We were able to locate that car going northbound I-5, just past Genesee,” San Diego police Lt. Steven Shaw said.

Police say that was around 11:30 p.m. Friday, and what followed was a massive chase with numerous units, even air support. The suspect continued north with no headlights on and that's when the CHP was called in.

"The vehicle was spiked, two tires were deflated on the vehicle but the driver continued northbound on I-5. Our air unit was also over head and kept an eye on the vehicle,” Lt. Shaw said.

Driving on just the car's rims, Flores finally pulled into a Oceanside rest stop.

"While in the rest stop it appeared the driver was trying to find their way out of the rest stop. While the driver was doing that she intentionally rammed three police vehicles, two CHP vehicles and one San Diego vehicle,” Lt. Shaw said.

Police tried negotiating with Flores and when that didn't work, they shot out a window with a bean bag. When they finally got her out, she gave officers the wrong name.

"There was also secured in the back of the vehicle there were some weapons that she did not have access to but were in the vehicle so that is additional charges of theft of those weapons.,” Lt. Shaw said.

As for how the car was stolen -- that's still under investigation.

“The vehicle was taken from the downtown Gaslamp area. It appears, the initial investigation looks like the vehicle was parked, we have a mobile command van parked downtown in the Gaslamp area and the vehicle was parked at that location," Lt. Shaw said.

Flores was booked into jail about 5:20 a.m. Saturday on suspicion of felony grand theft auto, evading police, three counts of assault with a deadly weapon that is not a firearm on a peace officer, and other felony and misdemeanor charges, according to information from the San Diego County Sheriff's Department website.

She was expected to be arraigned Wednesday at 8 a.m. at the Downtown San Diego County courthouse.

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