Riverside Co. Pursuit Ends in San Diego, Prompts Sig Alert

A carjacking suspect led California Highway Patrol on a chase that began in Riverside County and wove its way in San Diego, prompting a Sig Alert on Interstate 15.

The pursuit started at about 7 p.m. Thursday north of Rainbow in Riverside County when sheriff's deputies tried to pull over the suspect driving a van.

CHP Sgt. Ken Jolly says when the suspect refused to stop they chased the driver onto Interstate 215, but the CHP picked up the pursuit once the man drove onto Interstate 15 and traveled into San Diego County.

As he fled, the suspect would stick his hands out his windows and make the sign of a gun with his fingers.

CHP officers were able to lay a spike strip in the HOV lane near State Route 56, which took out the van's left side tires. The suspect continued driving on the van's rims, successfully avoiding a second spike strip near Rancho Penasquitos.

The suspect finally stopped in the midst of traffic just north of Mercy Road. CHP arrested him without incident. They did not find a weapon inside the vehicle, but bullets were spotted on the seats. Officials believe the man may have thrown a gun out the window during the chase.

CHP issued a Sig Alert for that area at about 8 p.m., but it expired forty minutes later. No one was injured, and no other vehicles were damaged, Jolly says.

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