San Diego

Suspect Arrested After Leading Police on Foot Pursuit Onto Interstate 5

A pursuit suspect was taken into custody on the freeway after fleeing a stolen vehicle and running onto Interstate 5.

The pursuit started at around 10:25 a.m. when San Diego Police (SDPD) attempted to pull over a stolen vehicle near S. 36th Street and Logan Avenue in Southcrest.

The driver stopped for a moment and then sped off, leading officers on an approximate 6-minute pursuit, according to SDPD Sgt. Ed McGuire, and then crashed into a fence at the end of Silktree Terrace.

Sgt. McGuire said the suspect ditched the stolen car, ran through a park and up an embankment onto northbound I-5, and jumped the center divider into southbound lanes. SDPD officers followed on foot and made the arrest on the freeway.

"It's not normal operating procedure," Sgt. McGuire said of the foot pursuit in freeway traffic. "The vehicles had noticed the suspect run across so all traffic had stopped at that point in time, so that was the reason the officer went on the freeway."

No injuries or traffic delays were reported.

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