High-speed pursuit along I-5 ends in crash

SAN DIEGO - A man who fled a traffic stop in San Juan Capistrano on Monday led authorities on a high-speed chase into northern San Diego County, where he got into a crash and was arrested.

The chase began shortly after 2 p.m. at Avery Parkway and Interstate 5, when Orange County sheriff's deputies tried to pull over the driver of a Chrysler PT Cruiser for speeding.

The motorist, whose name was not immediately available, refused to yield and sped off to the south on the freeway, at times reaching speeds in excess of 100 mph, according to Orange County sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock.

Near El Camino Real in San Clemente, California Highway Patrol officers took over the chase.

The suspect crossed into the San Diego area and continued fleeing to the south before crashing the convertible into another vehicle and a guardrail just north of Encinitas.

Officers arrested him on suspicion of speeding and reckless driving, and medics took him to a hospital for treatment of cuts and other moderately serious injuries he suffered in the wreck, the CHP reported.

The accident caused heavy congestion on southbound I-5 in the area for a time.

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