Driver escapes after Mission Valley Jaguar chase

SAN DIEGO - A motorist in a silver Jaguar sped away from a traffic stop on Interstate 8 Wednesday and led officers on a chase through Mission Valley to Ocean Beach and back again before pulling into an underground parking garage and escaping on foot, police reported.

A motorcycle officer pulled over the westbound driver on suspicion of speeding on the freeway near College Avenue shortly before 9:30 a.m., according to San Diego police.

As the officer was walking toward the car, the motorist took off, SDPD Officer Frank Cali said.

Police pursued the driver to the western end of I-8 and followed him as he exited onto Sunset Cliffs Boulevard, turned around and doubled back onto the freeway.

According to police scanners, at one point the driver was said to be driving against traffic.

The police helicopter ABLE took over the pursuit as ground units backed off.

"We didn't want an accident; sometimes drivers who flee police will broadside innocent motorists and we didn't want that," said San Diego police Lt. Darryl Hoover.

The fleeing man soon got off the interstate again and continued along surface streets briefly, then pulled into a parkade at a shopping center in the 7500 block of Hazard Center Drive, Cali said.

"He pulled in at a high rate of speed and then I heard a lot of cops about 15 to 20 seconds later," said Don Burton, who happened to be at the center at the time.

By the time officers found the car, the suspect, identified as 54-year-old Joseph Luis Gonzales, was gone. They searched the area but were unable to find him.

Police said Gonzales had two felony warrants for his arrest.

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