Man Caught After High-Speed Chase Ends Near Poway - NBC 7 San Diego

Man Caught After High-Speed Chase Ends Near Poway

The chase ended in a canyon between Poway Road and Scripps Poway Parkway just east of Interstate 15.



    Man Caught in High-Speed Chase

    NBC 7's Marianne Kushi reports on the overnight pursuit that covered Orange and San Diego counties and ended in Poway. (Published Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015)

    A man trying to dodge arrest stripped his clothes and ran through the swampy water and brush underneath a bridge in the North County Tuesday, officials said. 

    A high speed pursuit began just after 1 a.m. in Orange County and ended near Poway north of San Diego Tuesday.

    The man driving a stolen car led California Highway Patrol on a pursuit that ended on Poway Road.

    He got out of his car and ran across the northbound lanes of I-15, into a swampy area near the freeway.

    San Diego Police joined in the pursuit and sent in K-9 officers. The man was naked when he was taken into custody around 3 a.m.

    Officials identified him as 35-year-old Justin Sassilme.

    Sassilme was bitten by a police dog in the pursuit. He was loaded onto a gurney and treated by emergency personnel at the scene.

    The car he was driving was reported stolen Monday out of Newport Beach, police said.