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Suspect Arrested After Pursuit Ends in Encanto

A driver was arrested after he led authorities on a pursuit in a white pick-up truck in the Encanto neighborhood of San Diego Thursday.

The pursuit began around 1:30 p.m. at East 30th street and Highland Avenue in National City.

According to National City police, officers responded to a call from San Diego police of a stolen vehicle located on 30th Street and Highland Avenue.

Initially, there was no one inside the truck, police said. Then, someone got into the truck and drove off, leading to a pursuit.

The pursuit ended on the 500 block of Fergus Street near Imperial Avenue.

Police used spike strips to stop the suspect.

Officers deployed pepper balls into the vehicle and a K-9 was used to arrest the suspect, later identified as 20-year-old Rafael Castro.

Castro was taken to the hospital and later released. He will be booked into jail.

He is facing charges of auto theft, felony evading and numerous traffic violations, according to NCPD. 

There was a dog found inside the truck which may belong to Castro or his family. The dog is okay, police said and is with County Animal Control.

The truck was reported stolen by the owners from the company Dirt Cheap Demolition. It has been impounded for evidence.

No other information was available.

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