Driver escapes after high-speed chase in Escondido

VALLEY CENTER - Authorities today were on the lookout for an auto theft suspect who led deputies and police officers on a high-speed chase from Valley Center to Escondido.
 
The pursuit began in the area of the Valley Center grade around 10:30 p.m. Thursday after a Valley Center resident reported that he returned home to find a suspicious black pickup parked in his driveway, according to San Diego County sheriff's Sgt. Jeff Lauhon.
 
As deputies chased the suspect down the grade, Escondido police placed a spike strip in the suspect's path as they joined in the pursuit, he said in a statement.
 
The spike strip deflated one of the suspect's front tires but he continued driving on to a mobile home park in the 2700 block of East Valley Parkway, where he bailed on foot, Lauhon said, adding that the suspect got away.
 
"A preliminary investigation revealed that the vehicle had recently been stolen and that the victim may have interrupted a burglary at his residence," the sergeant said.

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