Woman suspected of stealing police cruiser arrested after chase on Interstate 5

SAN DIEGO - A 22-year-old woman who led officers on a chase from downtown San Diego to Oceanside in a stolen police cruiser is in custody Saturday on suspicion of multiple felony charges.

Felicitas Flores is accused of stealing the parked police cruiser about 11:30 p.m. Friday on the 300 block of 17th Street in the East Village neighborhood, San Diego police Officer Ben Newton said. Police said she was able to steal the parked car because the keys were inside, and the officer who drove it was out of sight.

A 10News viewer called 911 when she noticed the vehicle's lights were off and says the driver was driving erratically. Police confirmed this tip helped lead them to find the stolen vehicle.

Flores was apprehended after a pursuit on northbound Interstate 5 in Oceanside at about midnight, Newton said. Speeds reached as high as 90 mph.

The cruiser's tires were spiked on the freeway, just north of Carlsbad, but the pursuit continued to a rest stop north of Oceanside, Newton said.

As officers attempted to arrest the suspect, she collided head-on with a police vehicle, Newton said. No injuries were reported.

Flores was booked into jail about 5:20 a.m. Saturday on suspicion of felony grand theft auto, evading police, three counts of assault with a deadly weapon that is not a firearm on a peace officer, DUI and other felony and misdemeanor charges, according to information from the San Diego County Sheriff's Department website.

She is expected to be arraigned Wednesday at 8 a.m.