Speeding Driver Leads Police on Highway Chase

When a California Highway Patrol motorcycle officer pulled a speeding driver over on a local highway Tuesday, the man drove off and led police on a pursuit through the central part of the County

By R. Stickney
|  Tuesday, Dec 6, 2011  |  Updated 2:46 PM PDT
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Speeding Driver Leads Cops on Chase

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When a California Highway Patrol motorcycle officer pulled a speeding driver over on a local highway Tuesday, the man drove off and led police on a pursuit through the central part of the County.

The driver of a black Nissan Xterra was going 88 mph on southbound State Route 163 near Clairemont Mesa according to CHP Officer Edward Forsberg.

Forsberg said the driver had agreed to pull over on the right shoulder but once the motorcycle officer got off his bike and walked up to the Nissan, the driver drove off.

The suspect drove southbound on SR 163 then onto the south Interstate 805 ramp. He exited Murray Ridge where he made a U-turn. Forsberg said the driver appeared to be driving right at him when the pursuit headed back onto southbound I-805 to west I-8.

Near Mission Center Road, the driver made a U-turn across a raised median. Officers followed the driver into a parking lot where they lost track of the suspect in all the parked cars.

Witnesses said they spotted the Nissan headed westbound out of the parking lot.

The suspect is described as an Hispanic man, roughly 22 years old wearing a black and pink baseball hat and driving a black Nissan Xterra with a license plate where the first number is 6. He also has a full beard and mustache that was cropped closely to his face officers said.

If found, the driver faces charges of reckless driving and evading police.
 

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