Pursuit With Stolen Truck Ends in Crash

Carlsbad police arrested five people after a pursuit with a stolen truck ended in a crash on Highway 76 around 8:30 p.m. Monday.

Sheriff's Analysis Driven Law Enforcement (SADLE) deputies saw two people with outstanding warrants at the Ramada Inn in the 700 block of Macadamia Drive in Carlsbad Monday evening.

Officers attempted a traffic stop after the two suspects along with an unidentified woman left the hotel. One of the suspects jumped out of the car and ran. He was apprehended right away, but the driver sped away southbound on I-5.

During the pursuit through Carlsbad and Encinitas along I-5, the suspects began throwing evidence out of the window, which was later identified as counterfeit related items, including printers, computers and counterfeit bills.

The suspects continued eastbound on Highway 76 causing two emergency vehicles and another car to crash into each other. Eventually the suspects crashed the truck into the center barrier. The driver fled on foot, but both he and his female passenger were arrested immediately by Oceanside police.

The suspects’ truck had been reported stolen from Vista. Two other suspects who had been with the others at the hotel were also arrested for various drug related offenses.

All five suspects were booked into the Vista Detention Facility on charges including, drug possession, fraud, felony evading, possession of stolen property and vehicle theft.

The drivers involved in the emergency vehicle collision did not need extra medical attention, but a Carlsbad police officer and a deputy sheriff were transported to the hospital as a precaution.

The collision is being investigated by the Oceanside Police Department.

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