A man driving a stolen car led police on a short pursuit in the East County Friday, authorities said.
It all began just before 6:30 p.m. when a police officer spotted a stolen vehicle getting onto eastbound Interstate 8 from Baltimore Drive in La Mesa.
The officer followed the car and attempted to pull over the driver as the vehicle exited I-8 onto North Mollison Avenue in El Cajon.
Instead, the driver – later identified by police as James Knight, 23 -- failed to yield and ran several red lights.
Police officers, along with help from the SDPD’s helicopter ABLE and CHP officers, pursued the car until Knight turned into a gated apartment complex on North Mollison Avenue.
Knight crashed into the complex gate before coming to a stop.
Police say Knight then got out of the car and attempted to flee on foot. Police caught him after a short foot pursuit.
He was arrested and booked into jail. Police say the suspect had an outstanding arrest warrant as well are is facing charges of vehicle theft, felony evading and transportation of a controlled substance.