Spike Strips End Police Chase in Downtown

Pepper balls also used to stop suspect

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    A woman fled a City Heights neighborhood dispute Friday afternoon and led officers on a chase that ended in downtown San Diego with the use of non-lethal force, San Diego police said.

    The pursuit began at around 2:30 p.m. on the 4300 block of 42nd Street after a woman allegedly threatened her neighbor with an unspecified weapon. She fled in her SUV before police arrived, but police spotted her and tried to pull her over.

    That's when police say she took off, driving on city streets to I-805 and then state Route 94.

    The suspect reached speeds of up to 70 mph before police deployed spike strips on westbound state Route 94 near 28th Street. The spikes successfully stopped her car at Park Blvd. and G Street in downtown.

    When the suspect refused to exit her vehicle, and police weren’t sure if she had weapons, they shot pepper balls through an open window. She attempted to drive off again but was ultimately detained and transported to a hospital.

    The suspect will later be booked in jail for felony evasion, a police spokesperson said.

    Check for updates on this developing story.