Driver crashes car in Kearny Mesa after leading CHP officers on high-speed pursuit

Pursuit started on westbound SR-52, near SR-125

SAN DIEGO - A man was in custody Tuesday after leading California Highway Patrol officers on a high-speed pursuit that ended in a crash in Kearny Mesa.

The pursuit started at about 9 p.m. near westbound state Route 52, just west of state Route 125, according to CHP Officer Berek Downing.

A CHP officer was conducting speed enforcement and tried to pull over a red Pontiac Firebird. Instead, the driver exited the freeway and led officers on a pursuit through city streets in Santee.

The pursuit eventually ended up back on westbound SR-52. The driver then tried to get onto southbound Interstate 15, but lost control of the car and crashed.

"I think he just hit the dirt and due to his speed – still trying to lock up the brakes – went through the dirt, wheels caught and he rolled his vehicle," said Downing.

The driver was taken into custody. He was complaining of stomach pain and transported to Sharp Memorial Hospital.

Officers say the driver ran stop lights and stop signs and reached speeds of 120 mph during the pursuit. Though they seem like daring moves, he told officers they were anything but.

"He told one of the officers on scene that the reason he took off was that he was afraid," said Downing. "He said he was afraid. He didn't really say anything else, just that he wanted his mother."

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