High-speed chase ends in La Costa: Suspected driver arrested after he was found hiding in bushes

CARLSBAD, Calif. - A high-speed chase on Interstate 5 Saturday morning came to a crashing end in the North County.

The incident started on southbound Interstate 5 near Cardiff. A Mira Costa College police officer on his way to work said a black Lexus SUV passed him on the shoulder going roughly 100 mph.

The officer turned on his lights and sirens, but the driver refused to pull over. The California Highway Patrol took over the chase on I-5 and then Interstate 805. They briefly lost the driver before he was spotted again on I-5 going north.

The driver exited at La Costa Avenue and crashed into a parked car at a gas station. He lost control of his SUV near the onramp before ditching the vehicle and hiding in nearby brush.

A police helicopter searched the area off I-5 at La Costa and sheriff's deputies searched the area on the hillside.

"Well, we locked all our doors and made sure we kind of stayed inside for awhile," said neighbor Dennis Blue.

He said officers also searched his cul-de-sac.

"And then we heard a helicopter going overhead announcing that there was a suspect on the run that committed a felony," he said.

After about an hour of searching, a police dog found the driver hiding in the bushes just after 11 a.m.

"Unfortunately, these people don't understand that there's other people that don't see him coming and that could cause a fatal accident at this time of day," said Sheriff's Sgt. Roberto Lopez.

The suspect was taken to the hospital after getting bitten by the police dog. He later was booked into the Vista jail on charges of felony evading and hit-and-run.

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