Two Police Pursuits End in Crashes

The separate overnight pursuits happened in Poway and Cortez Hill

By Steven Luke and R. Stickney
|  Tuesday, May 22, 2012  |  Updated 7:42 AM PDT
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Two Police Pursuits End in Crashes

Two separate overnight pursuits ended in crashes and arrests.

The first happened downtown when security at the Manchester Grand Hyatt asked police to check out a couple of suspicious people sitting in a Ford Explorer outside around 1 a.m. Tuesday.

Officers thought the Explorer matched the description of a car-jacked vehicle.

Turns out, it wasn't that vehicle, but the man and woman inside the car took off prompting a pursuit.

After briefly losing sight of the vehicle because of the suspect's high rate of speed officers said they found it crashed into a parked car near 9th and Beech Street.

Police arrested the male driver on suspicion of hit and run, evading police, and parole violations.

The female passenger was also detained. She borrowed the car for just 10 minutes from her friend, the car's owner. The owner said it’s been more than a week since she has seen the vehicle.

In Poway, a separate pursuit started around 12:20 a.m. when a San Diego County sheriff’s deputy tried to pull over a car for an equipment violation.

Deputies say the driver was going 40 mph over the speed limit and lost control at a turn crashing into a brick wall.

The 19 year old driver and two passengers were taken into custody.

Investigators say they recovered a loaded sawed off shotgun and a bottle of prescription cannibus.

At least two of the men are on probation and were arrested.

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