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Parolee accused in wild chase and carjacking

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EL CAJON (CNS) - The parolee who led deputies on a road and foot chase near Gillespie Field airport, crashing the stolen car he was driving and making a failed attempt to commandeer another motorist's vehicle before being arrested pleaded not guilty on Thursday. 

The events that led to the pursuit began on southbound state Route 67 shortly before 9 a.m., on Tuesday when a sheriff's sergeant in an unmarked vehicle saw 27- year-old Raymundo Calderon make an unsafe lane change in a vehicle with no license plates, Sgt. David Hale said.

The lawman called in a patrol deputy, who caught up with Calderon and pulled him over in the 1400 block of Graves Avenue in the unincorporated community of Bostonia, just north of El Cajon, Hale said.

When the deputy asked Calderon, who admitted to being on parole for robbery, to step out of the vehicle, he instead sped off, according to Hale.

Calderon's vehicle soon collided with another car, sending it down a small embankment, and then crashed to a stop into a parked truck on Greenfield Drive. Calderon jumped out and ran onto the grounds of a nearby apartment complex, where he allegedly tried to carjack a motorist's vehicle but was fought off by the victim, Hale said.

At that point, Calderon climbed a fence at the edge of a mobile home park and resumed fleeing on foot.

Deputies searched the neighborhood by ground and air, eventually finding and arresting Calderon. He was booked into county jail on suspicion of evading peace officers, possession of a stolen vehicle, hit-and-run, and attempted carjacking.

The pursuit resulted in no reported injuries, Hale said.

Calderon's bail has been set at $250,000. 

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