A driver suspected of a traffic violation led San Diego police on a crawling pursuit through San Diego neighborhoods Thursday morning before officers cornered the vehicle near Bird Park.
The small black hatchback with something dangling from its rear bumper was moving at speeds less than 10 mph as it led San Diego police through turn after turn in the North Park area just after 7 a.m., video from SkyRanger 7 showed.
The San Diego Police Department said a traffic stop was initiated at 32nd Street for erratic driving, but the driver did not stop.
Police laid a spike strip on Texas Street, which punctured the hatchback's tires, SDPD said. But the driver continued, now at a lethargic pace.
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At least a half-dozen vehicles followed the hatchback for about 30 minutes, though the pursuit likely traveled only a few miles.
At about 7:25 a.m., two police cars blocked the intersection of Myrtle Avenue and Pershing Place just north of Bird Park and prevented the vehicle from continuing, footage from SkyRanger 7 showed.
Police then completely surrounded the vehicle with their own cars, making sure there was no way it could move an inch.
Even still, the driver still did not come out.
About a dozen police officers then approached the driver’s side window, but the driver did not come out. Officers could be seen communicating away from the hatchback before several police cars left the scene.
SDPD said the driver was taken into custody. It was not clear what charges the driver would be facing.
This is a developing story and will be updated.