Arraignment scheduled for man accused of leading police on a wild chase in stolen minivan

Suspect fled scene after causing serious crash

VISTA, Calif. - A man accused of leading Escondido police on a chase in a stolen minivan and causing a serious collision is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday.
   
Richard Berumen, 38, is charged with auto theft, receiving stolen property and leaving the scene of an accident.
   
The owner of the Toyota Sienna made an emergency call shortly after 1 p.m. last Tuesday to report seeing what he believed was his missing vehicle being driven near Grape Day Park in Escondido.
   
About 10 minutes later, officers spotted the van in the area, Escondido police Officer Frank Huston said. As they drove toward him, the driver – later identified as Berumen -- allegedly sped away on East Washington Avenue, swerving between lanes and into oncoming traffic in his attempt to escape.
   
Due to the suspect's wild driving, the officers did not try to keep up with him, instead following at a safe speed, according to Huston.
   
A short time later, the minivan smashed into a westbound Kia Rio near North Date Street, and Berumen jumped out and made a failed bid to run away, the officer said.
   
Paramedics took the other driver, a 60-year-old Escondido man, to a hospital for treatment of severe trauma.
   
Berumen -- who is also charged with driving without a license -- suffered minor injuries in the wreck.
 

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