Friend of Man Who led Authorities on a Pursuit in Valley Center Speaks Out

Brian Leigh, 53, was wanted in connection with a kidnapping.

A local woman told NBC 7 that she knows the suspect who led deputies on a chase through the North San Diego County on Tuesday morning—saying he’s a “good man.”

Fugitive Task Force Officials arrested Brian Leigh, 53, after he drove his car into the brush near Bonsall Tuesday morning. Leigh was wanted in a connection with a kidnapping.

Caroline Christensen, told NBC 7 she knew Leigh and the family whose car he is accused of stealing.

“He was in a sober living place for 2 years. He was a security guard in a woman's shelter and doing landscaping,” Christensen said. “He was doing good.”

She said Leigh came to her before the chase because he did not have anywhere else to go, adding that it hurts her because he was trying to get his life back on track.

Meanwhile, the family who had their vehicle allegedly stolen by Leigh says do not know the suspect but the incident scared them.

“It’s kind of scary because you don’t know how safe the streets are now for our children, especially if you take them to public parks and libraries,” said Adriana Garrido.

Garrido said her aunt had parked their Toyota 4runner in the street to catch a bus when it was stolen.

“It’s pretty important,” she told NBC 7, referring to the SUV. “It’s related to church, take the kids to school—do their family activities.”

She said her uncle is worried because the SUV is stuck in bushes and they don’t know how to get it out.

Meanwhile, investigators have not released more information about the kidnapping case that led to the pursuit. They say Leigh faces kidnapping, domestic abuse, possessing a stolen vehicle and narcotics charges.

Christensen said she cannot believe the charges he is facing.

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