Chase Driver Ditches Jaguar, Escapes in Mission Valley

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    NBC 7's Nicole Gomez reports from Mission Valley on Wednesday after officers call off the search for the suspect. (Published Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014)

    The driver of a silver Jaguar led officers on a high-speed chase through San Diego Wednesday then ditched the car and escaped, police said.

    The car was parked in the Hazard Center garage on Hazard Parkway in Mission Valley.

    Just moments earlier, police were pursing the driver at a high rate of speed along westbound Interstate 8 near Interstate 15.

    The chase began around 9:30 a.m. when an officer tried to pull the Jaguar driver over for a traffic stop. As the officer approached the car, the driver took off police said.

    A high-speed chase lasted eight minutes, followed I-8 westbound to State Route 163 and then came to an end in the shopping center.

    The suspect, Joseph Luis Gonzalez, 54, was wanted for multiple felonies, officers said.

    A police helicopter announced the suspect’s description as it circled the shopping center. However, the search was called off by 11 a.m.

    The vehicle was impounded by police.