Chase Suspect Hides in Smoke Shop Attic

Suspect locked himself in the bathroom and then tried to escape through the attic

By R. Stickney
|  Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013  |  Updated 7:57 AM PDT
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Suspect in a pursuit through the Rolando area of San Diego ended when the suspect ran into the bathroom of a smoke shop and tried to hide in the attic. NBC 7's Megan Tevrizian reports.

Suspect in a pursuit through the Rolando area of San Diego ended when the suspect ran into the bathroom of a smoke shop and tried to hide in the attic. NBC 7's Megan Tevrizian reports.

A San Diego man led police on a chase through the city and then tried to hide in the attic of a smoke shop.

Officers reported a stolen car around 10:30 p.m. at 54th and Euclid. When the driver refused to pull over, a pursuit began.

The suspect pulled over near 70th and El Cajon Boulevard in the Rolando area where he ran inside the Illusions Smoke Shop.

Officers say the suspect locked himself in the bathroom and then tried to escape through the attic. Watch video

"He was up in the attic a little bit, he probably breathed in some insulation, put his foot through the ceiling and probably hurt his leg," said Lt. Jerry McManus with SDPD.

Officers brought in K-9 unit and eventually took the suspect, covered with insulation and wood chips, into custody.

The rather large man managed to fit inside an area that appears to be about a 3x3 opening.

Officers reported finding illegal drugs inside the stolen vehicle.

The man faces charges of narcotics possession, auto theft and evading police.
 

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