OB Pursuit Ends in Collision

Undercover officer said suspect was driving recklessly and allegedly tried to evade police

By Monica Garske
|  Friday, Apr 13, 2012  |  Updated 6:49 AM PDT
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OB Pursuit Ends in Collision

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A driver speeding away from an undercover police officer caused a messy traffic collision in Ocean Beach Thursday evening.

San Diego Police said an undercover officer spotted a man driving recklessly in the Ocean Beach area around 6:30 p.m. and tried to pull him over. When the driver didn’t slow down, the officer requested backup from a marked police car and a short pursuit began.

Police said the suspect drove eastbound through an alley and when he got to the intersection at Sunset Cliffs Blvd., he T-boned a Subaru that was driving northbound, pushing that vehicle into a nearby building.

After the collision, the suspect got out of his car and attempted to flee the scene on foot, according to police. An officer chased the man down and they started fighting, with the suspect kicking the officer in the knee.

Eventually, the suspect was overpowered and taken into custody. Police said the man was allegedly driving under the influence of either alcohol or some sort of controlled substance.

Corey Whitmore, the driver of the Subaru that the suspect collided with, sustained minor injuries, including an abrasion to his lip and chin. He was treated by paramedics at the scene.

“I was just driving the street this way and all of a sudden I heard `Pop.’ I was on the side of the road and realized in was in an accident,” explained Whitmore.

No other serious injuries were reported.

Police have not yet released the name of the driver that caused the pursuit and subsequent collision, but said he will likely be charged with felony evasion, driving under the influence and felony battery on an officer.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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