A driver in a stolen car led authorities on a 9-mile pursuit in North County that ended in a crash Tuesday night, officials said.
Sheriff’s deputies had tried to stop the Honda Civic about 8:15 p.m. near state Route 78 and Twin Oaks Valley Road in San Marcos, but the driver did not stop, prompting the pursuit, sheriff’s Lieutenant Aaron Meleen said.
The pursuit ended when the driver crashed T-boned a vehicle near the intersection of Centre City Parkway and West El Norte Parkway. The impact caused the victim’s vehicle to smash into an Escondido police vehicle and a deputy’s vehicle, Escondido police Lt. Craig Miller said.
The suspect was arrested on suspicion of possession of a stolen vehicle, evading police, driving under the influence and possession of a controlled substance. The 53-year-old man also was arrested on a felony arrest warrant, Meleen said.
The suspect was taken to a hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries.
The other driver suffered minor injuries and was taken to a hospital, too, Meleen said.
The Escondido police officer whose vehicle was struck complained of back pain but declined medical treatment, Miller said. The deputy appeared to be OK. The damage to both law enforcement vehicles was moderate, and neither was operable.