The Oceanside man accused of vehicular manslaughter in a Carlsbad jogger’s death was taken into custody Friday, the day after a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Joseph Knight, 52, was at the Vista courthouse when Oceanside police officers recognized him and alerted a sheriff’s deputy. The deputy arrested Knight at about 5:30 p.m.
Investigators say on Dec. 28, 2014, Knight was driving the Ford Expedition that veered onto a sidewalk and hit Nicole Lynch, 51, who was jogging with her daughter. Lynch died from her injuries.
A police report says Knight told investigators he was distracted by his 3-year-old daughter in the back seat.
Despite an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in court and driving on a suspended license, Knight was not arrested after the crash.
A Carlsbad police lieutenant said it’s because the sheriff’s department does not allow them to book people into jail for certain misdemeanor warrants.
In February, Lynch’s family told NBC 7 they were angry no one had been taken into custody.
NBC 7 has reached out to the family to get their response to Knight’s arrest.
We have also called Knight to get his response to previous stories about this incident. He has not returned our calls.