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Suspect arrested in Fallbrook after fleeing in stolen CHP vehicle

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8/CNS) - A man suspected of stealing a California Highway Patrol vehicle, then crashing it in a brushy field and fleeing on foot was taken into custody after a nearly two-hour search near the San Luis Rey River Tuesday.

The wreck off State Route 76 and Gird Road in Fallbrook was reported shortly after 4 p.m., sheriff's Lt. Robert Smith said.

Deputies and San Diego police helped CHP officers look for the thief by ground and in aircraft. Authorities later identified the 25-yeart-old San Diego man as Aaron Teruya.

Shortly before 6 p.m., live shots from television news helicopters showed Teruya being taken into custody in a heavily overgrown area near where the patrol SUV was abandoned. The suspect appeared to already have handcuffs on when officers reached him.

The SUV belonging to Highway Patrol had been allegedly taken by Teruya after he had been cuffed and placed in the front passenger seat of the CHP vehicle on Interstate 15 south of Temecula Parkway, originally taken into custody for allegedly driving under the influence.

Teruya faces charges of DUI, resisting arrest and vehicle theft, according to CHP. 


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