Police search for driver who crashed into parked cars after pursuit in Linda Vista

Driver was suspected of violating probation

SAN DIEGO - Police on Tuesday are searching for a wanted felon who they say crashed a car into several parked cars during a high-speed chase in Linda Vista.

The incident occurred at about 7:45 p.m. in the 2300 block of Comstock Street.

Police say undercover detectives were staking out the home of a man suspected of violating his probation when a man matching his description drove up in a silver-colored BMW. Police tried to pull him over, but the driver took off speeding and slammed into three parked vehicles. The driver then crashed again, got out and ran.

"We came out to see what was happening and saw police chasing him," said witness Raphael Orozco.

Officers searched the abandoned BMW and found methamphetamine, cash and slipped under the gas pedal, a grenade.

The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department's Metro Arson Strike Team was called out to assist at about 8:35 p.m.

About an hour later, crews determined that the grenade was rubber and that nearby residents were not in danger.

"This grenade we didn't believe was the explosive style grenade but a crowd control device… possibly containing tear gas in it," said San Diego police Lt. David Rohowitz.

No evacuations were issued but police did go door-to-door searching for the man. Police say they know him and know where to find him. The man's rap sheet includes assault with a deadly weapon and drug possession.

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