SAN DIEGO -
An auto theft suspect in a stolen sedan led officers on a 40-minute road chase from Encanto to the South Bay Tuesday, dropping off several female passengers en route to the neighborhood where he finally bailed out of the car and was arrested.
The pursuit began in the 400 block of 63rd Street about 10:20 a.m., according to San Diego police.
San Diego police officials told 10News the car was reported stolen at least one day ago.
The suspect, Dominic Martinez, 26, allegedly fled to the south and west on city streets, speeding, weaving recklessly and sideswiping a squad car while trying to get away, SDPD public affairs Lt. Andra Brown said.
Following the crash, officers tailing Martinez in cruisers backed off for safety reasons and let a police helicopter crew take over and track his path from above.
At one point during the chase, a pair of women jumped out of the stolen four-door 1998 Honda Civic and ran off. The women were taken into custody.
Just before 11 a.m., the suspect pulled over in the 1700 block of 16th Street in National City and fled on foot into an apartment complex. Officers took Martinez into custody there a short time later, Brown said.
A woman who identified herself as the suspect's cousin said a relative lives in the apartment where the man tried to hide.
No injuries were reported.