The California Highway Patrol was called in to investigate a car jacking in Chula Vista. Three hours later and 150 miles north, the high speed police chase came to dramatic end when police rammed the car on the 15 freeway. According to the Associated Press, the chase began when a 42 year old man from Chula Vista demanded an innocent woman’s car keys at gunpoint. Police quickly caught up with the assailant and continued the car chase northbound for three hours.
The driver evaded several of the unsuccessful pit maneuvers that police tried to disable the stolen car. The vehicle was eventually stopped when the CHP utilized a spike strip to shred the car’s tires. The stolen car was then hit repeatedly by the pursuing police cars and the suspect fled on foot across the highway. Officers quickly arrested and subdued the man after a short pursuit on foot across the freeway and onto the median. No car accidents were reported as a result of the car chase.
High speed police pursuits pose a serious danger to motorists and pedestrians alike. As a personal injury attorney in Los Angeles I recommend pulling off the road or moving out of the vicinity of the chase to allow police to do their job and protect your safety.