San Diego Police Department

Burglary Suspect Throws Bag From Car in I-5 Police Pursuit

Tran has been charged with two felonies: first-degree burglary and evading police

A suspected burglar seen running from a home in Del Mar Friday hopped into a car and led police on a high-speed chase down Interstate 5, throwing a bag out the window on the freeway as officers zeroed in on him.

Ha Minh Tran, 31, was seen running from the home by a housekeeper in Del Mar just after 10:30 a.m. who called police. Undercover and patrol units with the San Diego Police Department saw Tran's car. Around 10:40 a.m., they tried to stop him on southbound I-5 near Carmel Valley.

Tran refused to stop and led officers on a pursuit on the freeway, reaching speeds up to 100 mph, SDPD Sgt. Scott Bartolomei said. He exited at Balboa Avenue and Mission Bay Drive, stopping the car on Culver Street near Grand Avenue in Pacific Beach.

Bartolomei said Tran was surrounded by officers. At that point, he threw the car keys out the window and surrendered.

Investigators said Tran threw a bag out the window on I-5 during the chase. Officers were able to recover that bag.

"We are looking through it," Bartolomei said, adding that investigators would determine if any stolen property was inside that bag.

No one was hurt in the chase. 

The sergeant praised the quick-thinking of the housekeeper in Del Mar who called police when she realized something was amiss.

"We had officers, including myself, who were really close by and got there quickly," he explained.

The investigation is ongoing.

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