Driver ditches truck at Naval Base Coronado entrance, causing a bit of a ruckus

CORONADO, Calif. - The main entrance to Naval Base Coronado was shut down Thursday afternoon when the driver of a pickup truck abandoned the vehicle and then ran into an adjacent neighborhood.

The motorist was a few vehicles back from the main gate of the station when he bolted about 1:30 p.m., authorities said.

Officers took him into custody a short time later several blocks away, in the 1000 block of Third Street, police Cmdr. Laszlo Waczek said. They also detained another man, a teenage boy and a woman who were believed to be associates of the driver.

The suspects were being questioned, Waczek said. It was unclear if they would be booked on suspicion of any offenses although Coronado Police Chief Jon Froomin later said the suspects told police they had come to the area to steal cars.

"If they came here to steal cars, they obviously came to the wrong place," Froomin said.

Navy personnel shut down the entrance while screening the pickup truck to make sure it did not contain anything dangerous. The main gate was reopened a few hours later after the truck was determined to be safe.

Coronado officials said the suspects "were booked into jail for auto theft and conspiracy to commit auto theft."

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