A man suspected of stealing a car is in custody after leading San Diego police on a chase that ended when he crashed into a tree.

According to police, the incident began at the merge of interstates 15 and 163 when officers tried to pull over the driver, who didn't stop.

The chase continued until Caminito Baywood in Mira Mesa. The suspect then tried to get away, but was caught and arrested, police said.

A passenger who was in the car managed to get away.

Police said the car contained items that appeared to be stolen.