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Man Arrested After Chase in Minivan Stolen From Sleeping Owner

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NBC Bay Area

A man was behind bars this morning after allegedly leading authorities on a pursuit in a stolen vehicle that ended in a standoff on Interstate 15 in the City Heights area.

The incident began around 10 p.m. Monday when California Highway Patrol officers were sent to investigate a reported hit-and-run crash on southbound Interstate 5 near La Costa Avenue in Carlsbad.

Officers learned the truck involved in the crash was reported stolen out of La Habra in Los Angeles County and the truck's driver had fled the scene on foot, San Diego County Sheriff's Sgt. Daniel Wilson said.

The CHP contacted the San Diego County Sheriff's Department to assist with the search.

Deputies were unable to find the driver, but they remained in the area and spotted a Chrysler minivan a short time later being driven at a high speed without its headlights on, Wilson said. Deputies followed the minivan onto southbound I-5.

Around the same time, dispatchers received a call from a person who reported that a man had broken into their home, then threatened the victim and demanded his car keys, Wilson said. The victim gave the man his keys and the thief drove away in the Chrysler minivan that deputies spotted in the area.

CHP took over the pursuit around 11 p.m. on southbound I-5 and followed the minivan driver onto southbound I-805, CHP Officer Jim Bettencourt said.

The minivan made its way onto northbound I-15, then the driver stopped in lanes near the El Cajon Boulevard exit and refused to get out of the van, Wilson said.

The driver, later identified as Daniel Medina, threatened officers and deputies and resisted arrest. A sheriff's K-9 was then used to help authorities take the driver into custody, Wilson said.

Medina was booked into San Diego Central Jail on suspicion of felony evading, resisting arrest and attempting to harm a police dog as well as misdemeanor counts of DUI and resisting an officer, according to jail records.

He is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his arraignment, scheduled for Friday afternoon.

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