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Officers identified in chase with stolen CHP cruiser

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Authorities Saturday identified two officers involved in arresting the 27-year-old woman who allegedly stole a California Highway Patrol cruiser in the Mission Bay area while handcuffed, setting off a police chase that included several collisions and prompted two non-injury law enforcement shootings.

CHP Officer Alexander Pereira, a 12-year veteran assigned to the San Diego station, arrested Casaundra Rose Lane of San Diego near De Anza Cove about 2:30 p.m. Thursday while investigating a hit-and-run crash that had occurred on nearby Interstate 5 a short time earlier, according to police.

Lane, who allegedly had been driving a stolen vehicle at the time of the accident, was handcuffed with her arms behind her back and placed in the back seat of a running CHP vehicle, SDPD Lt. Paul Rorrison said.

While the officer was looking over the stolen car, the suspect managed to get her arms in front of her, then got behind the wheel of the cruiser and took off, according to Rorrison.

As she fled, she allegedly steered toward CHP officer Pereira while trying to remove a rifle from the cruiser's console.

"Fearing for his life, the officer fired several rounds at the suspect from his service weapon," Rorrison said. "The suspect then sped off in the marked patrol vehicle."

A few minutes later, San Diego police began pursing the stolen Highway Patrol SUV, which struck three other vehicles before stopping on Qualcomm Way underneath an elevated section of Friars Road. Lane then got out of the damaged CHP vehicle.

Officer Vern Colglazier, a 7-year-veteran assigned to the Mid City Division, fired a shot at the suspect from his service weapon after believing the suspect was armed and a danger to the officers and numerous citizens at the scene, police said. The suspect was taken into custody and was not injured.

She was jailed on suspicion of felony assault, theft and other offenses.

Lane has had six arrest warrants issued against her since 2009 for charges that included petty theft and driving while intoxicated, U-T San Diego reported.

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