Driver at large after high-speed chase in North County

VALLEY CENTER - A suspected car thief drove toward a sheriff's deputy in Valley Center early Monday, narrowly missing the lawman and setting off a pursuit that ended with the suspect getting away, authorities said.

The deputy saw the suspect blow through a red light at Valley Center and Cole Grade roads around 2:20 a.m., according to San Diego County sheriff's Sgt. Nick Peters.

The deputy followed the suspect to a dead end road, where the suspect turned the black Nissan 240 he was driving around, facing the lawman, who had exited his patrol vehicle after using it to block the suspect's, Peters said in a statement.

Instead of complying with the deputy's orders to stop, the suspect immediately drove toward the lawman and his vehicle, narrowly missing both, Peters said, adding that the deputy got back into his vehicle and pursed the suspect for about 10 miles.  

The pursuit ended at Paradise Mountain and Lake Wohlford roads when the suspect crashed and bailed on foot. Peters said a sheriff's helicopter and police dogs were used to search for the suspect but he got away.

The Nissan turned out to be stolen from the Oceanside area, according to Peters, who said investigators were also looking into whether the suspect was involved in a burglary that occurred earlier in the night in the Valley Center area.

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