Suspect ID'd in High-Speed, Cross-County Pursuit

Dejon Edwards, 27, was arrested on charges of felony evading and resisting arrest

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    NBC 7's Sherene Tagharobi reports from the scene where a cross-county highway chase ended early Thursday. (Published Thursday, Jan 16, 2014)

    A high-speed pursuit that started in Riverside County made its way down Interstate 15 into San Diego County Wednesday night.

    The pursuit started around 10:35 p.m. in Moreno Valley.

    Suspect in High-Speed Chase Surrenders

    [DGO] Suspect in High-Speed Chase Surrenders
    Video of the arrest of the suspect at Aero Drive in San Diego. (Published Thursday, Jan 16, 2014)

    A gray compact sedan sped down southbound I-15 through Temecula, Rainbow, Deer Springs, Escondido, Rancho Bernardo, Mira Mesa and Kearny Mesa.

    Despite driving over spike strips, the car kept going. The chase reached speeds of more than 120 mph, according to officials.

    The sedan eventually exited on westbound Aero Drive in Serra Mesa. Authorities took the suspect into custody at 11:40 p.m. at the Arco gas station.

    The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has identified the man as Dejon Edwards, 27, of Moreno Valley.

    According to sheriff’s officials, the incident started as a domestic violence call to the 23800 block of Hemlock Avenue. When an officer from the Moreno Valley Police Department arrived, Edwards was sitting in a car with the motor running.

    Officials said Edwards initially turned off the car, but then restarted the engine and accelerated toward the officer. The officer, afraid of being run over, fired two rounds at the suspect, according to officials.

    Edwards sped off, and the chase began. The pursuit spanned nearly 100 miles and lasted about an hour.

    A witness told NBC 7 it looked like Edwards had given up as he slowly pulled in Pump 3 and authorities surrounded him with their weapons drawn.

    Bullets had shattered some of the windows on the BMW.

    An ambulance was requested after Edwards was apprehended. He was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released from the hospital, according to sheriff’s officials.

    Edwards was booked into the Riverside County jail for felony evading, resisting arrest and a domestic violence warrant.

    Officials said the police officer involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave, but did not release the officer’s name.

    Moreno Valley police, San Diego police, Riverside County Sheriff’s, San Diego County Sheriff’s and the California Highway Patrol were all involved in Wednesday night’s pursuit. No law enforcement officers were injured.

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