Driver Strips Off Shirt to Avoid Capture in Car Chase

A man stripped off his shirt trying to escape capture after a police chase through several neighborhoods Saturday night, police said.

San Diego Police were called to an auto theft in progress in the mid-city area when they said the suspect refused to pull over.

A pursuit began in North Park and followed State Route 15 under State Route 94.

During the pursuit, the suspect struck another car but no one was injured in the collision.

When the pursuit neared 35th and Valle, the driver bailed out of the vehicle and ran away on foot, police said.

“He made an attempt to take off his shirt to try and hide from us but we did locate him,” Lt. Martha Garcia Sainz said.

The unidentified suspect was taken into custody and booked on a charge of auto theft.

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