An attempted sexual assault turned into a chase, several accidents and finally a police capture in the Rolando area Tuesday night.
A 20-year-old woman was reaching into her minivan when the man came up from behind, pushed her into her van and attempted to sexually assault her, police said.
The attack happened just before 8 p.m. in the 4800-block of 68th Street.
The woman’s screaming and struggling scared the man off so he ran to a pick-up truck to drive away officers said.
“As the truck was trying to get away it was making a five-point U-turn and hit cars on both sides of the street,” said witness Frank Pease.
“One of its tires was blown off. He was trying to get away like that, then the Mustang chased him.”
“Her roommate who lives with her and her boyfriend happened to be in a car at the time this happened and they chased the suspect for a short distance,” said San Diego Lt. David Rohowits.
The flat tire and the suspect’s erratic driving created skid marks on side streets leading La Mesa police right to the suspect, who had crashed his car into a curb.
Officers arrested a 31-year-old man about 1 mile away from the sex assault crime scene.
He will be charged for the assault as well as hit and run according to police.