Man arrested after La Mesa police chase, crash; Matthew Justin Bailey charged with DUI, police say

LA MESA, Calif. - A 29-year-old Lemon Grove man was in custody Thursday on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol and leading La Mesa police on a wild pursuit that ended when he crashed his car into a utility box and tree, authorities said.

Matthew Justin Bailey was booked into county jail on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol and felony evading late Wednesday night, according to La Mesa police.

Around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Bailey was seen running a stop sign in a Dodge Charger at the intersection of Waite Drive and Harris Street in La Mesa, police said in a statement.

An officer observed the traffic violation and attempted to pull the driver over but he refused and a pursuit ensued, police said.

The pursuit wen trough residential streets in La Mesa at up to 50 mph before going onto westbound state Route 94 at speeds of up to 80 mph.

"During the pursuit, (Bailey) turned off his vehicle's headlamps and attempted to evade officers by running stop signs and red traffic signals," police said.

The suspect eventually exited the highway at College Avenue and turned onto eastbound Central Avenue in Lemon Grove, where he crashed into a utility box and tree in the 7800 block of Central Avenue, police said, adding that an injured Bailey was then taken into custody without further incident.

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