Burglary Suspects Lead Police on Wild Pursuit

The pursuit began and ended in National City after spanning several freeways

By Monica Garske
|  Friday, Oct 19, 2012  |  Updated 7:25 AM PDT
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Four people involved in a high speed pursuit in National City Thursday evening got away from police. NBC 7's Catherine Garcia reports.

Four people involved in a high speed pursuit in National City Thursday evening got away from police. NBC 7's Catherine Garcia reports.

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A group of burglary suspects lead police on a high-speed pursuit through National City Thursday evening, authorities confirmed.

The pursuit began around 6:30 p.m. in National City when police attempted to pull over a vehicle linked to a burglary.

Instead of stopping the driver fled and lead police on a pursuit, veering in and out of traffic with police on their tail, reaching speeds in excess of 90 mph.

During the pursuit, dispatchers said the suspects could be seen throwing unknown items from the car -- including shoes -- onto the freeway.

According to authorities, the suspect vehicle headed north on northbound Interstate 805 to westbound State Route 94, then hopped onto northbound Interstate 5 before merging onto westbound Interstate 8.

After several minutes, the driver exited in Ocean Beach, turned around and got back onto eastbound I-8.

The pursuit then headed southbound on I-5 until the suspect vehicle exited at the 8th Street off-ramp in National City.

Police lost the vehicle for a few minutes and then found it unoccupied near 4th Street and B Avenue, ending the pursuit.

Officials said police are looking for a total of four suspects described as two Hispanic males and two Hispanic females, who may have fled the area on foot.

Police immediately scoured the area for the suspects. A sheriff’s helicopter helped with the pursuit and assisted in the search, but officials were not able to locate the suspects.

By 7:40 p.m., National City police began to break down their search and the suspects remained at large.

No further information is available just yet about the burglary the suspects might be linked to.

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