A driver pulled over for expired tags drove off, crashed and then fled the scene leaving a female passenger behind to answer questions, police said.
San Diego Police officers pulled over a green, Ford Mustang near 43rd Street and El Cajon Boulevard just before 1 a.m. Tuesday.
Officers got out and walked up to the driver’s side window to talk about expired registration stickers on the vehicle’s license plate when they say the Mustang sped off.
The driver headed westbound on El Cajon Boulevard and then turned northbound in the southbound lanes of 43rd.
About five minutes later, California Highway patrol officers reported an overturned vehicle on the eastbound off-ramp from Interstate 8 onto College Avenue.
SDPD officers identified the car from the earlier traffic stop but found only a female passenger inside the vehicle. The driver ran from the crash on foot.
The woman was detained but faces no charges.
Investigators say they are confident they will find the driver using paperwork found in the car and information received from the passenger.
The driver could face charges of delaying a police officer and felony evading.