The man sped off shortly before 2 p.m., when patrol personnel tried to stop him in the area of East Quintard Street and Eckman Avenue in Chula Vista for reckless driving, according to police.
The driver, whose name was not immediately available, led officers over various streets in the southern reaches of the city, crashing into two squad cars in the process, Lt. Phil Collum said. The collisions resulted in no reported injuries.
The suspect finally pulled over in the 1300 block of Max Avenue, jumped out of his car and ran off. Officers caught up with him a short distance away and took him into custody.
The U.S. military says one soldier died and an unspecified number of American and Afghan soldiers were wounded in a combat operation against the Islamic State affiliate in eastern Afghanistan.