A 29-year-old man was taken into custody for suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs and felony evading after leading La Mesa police on a high-speed pursuit before crashing into a tree and utility box on Wednesday night, according to authorities.
The ordeal began just after 9:30 p.m. in La Mesa when Matthew Bailey, of Lemon Grove, ran a stop sign at the intersection of Waite Drive and Harris Street, police said.
When an officer attempted to pull Bailey’s white Dodge Charger over, he reportedly failed to yield and a pursuit began.
The chase stretched through La Mesa residential areas and onto westbound State Route 94.
Bailey was said to have reached speeds of 80 mph on SR-94 and 50 mph on city streets as he ran stop signs and red traffic lights, according to police.
The chase ended in the 7800 block of Central Avenue in Lemon Grove when Bailey crashed into a tree and utility box.
Bailey wasn’t injured in the crash and was later booked into San Diego county jail.