One person was arrested after leading police on a high-speed chase through the streets of San Diego on Easter Sunday.
The chase started after 1 p.m. when undercover detectives at Emerald Hills Park saw a black car pull up and someone inside the vehicle fired some shots, San Diego police Lt. Christian Sharp said.
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The car took off and a marked police vehicle got behind it and initiated a traffic stop but the driver fled. When police ran the plates of the vehicle, it came back as stolen from an armed carjacking two days ago, Sharp said.
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The chase reached high rates of speed, authorities said. The suspect lost control of the car and was "ping-ponging both sides of the street," hitting parked cars on Myrtle Avenue and Vermont Street in Hillcrest.
The stolen Kia was badly damaged, losing several tires and littering the street with debris. A witness to the crash told NBC 7 that the Kia hit a Mustang and literally went airborne and flipped in the air before hitting a Jeep and finally coming to a rest.
The suspect then fled on foot, but officers, with the help of a police helicopter overhead, were later able to locate him and take him into custody, Sharp said, before he was taken to a local hospital.
Resident DW Dawson said he was about to take his dog for a walk when the KIA sedan came flying down the street and that it was a miracle no one was hurt.
“If that car wouldn’t have been there, he would have careened into them after he bounced off,” Dawson said.
Dawson was referring to neighbor Michael Wolf, who had been playing croquet on his lawn with his family.
"I turned around," Wolf said, recalling his close call. "He hit the first SUV, swerved out of control, and as he came back, it looked like he was going to come into the house here."
Luckily for Wolf, the driver hit the Mustang, redirecting the trajectory of the car.
One firearm was recovered from the car, and the suspect will be booked on multiple felonies, Sharp said.
Police have not yet determined if anyone was hit by the gunfire at Emerald Hills Park.