Routine traffic stop for cellphone violation leads to pursuit, crash

SAN DIEGO - A man who fled a traffic stop over a cellphone violation in Mira Mesa Wednesday led the California Highway Patrol on a brief road chase that ended with a non-injury collision on a Rancho Penasquitos freeway off-ramp, where he and his passenger were arrested.

The driver initially pulled over in a parking lot on Carroll Canyon Road for a cellphone violation about 2:15 p.m., but sped off as an officer approached him on foot, CHP public-affairs Officer Robert Catano said.

The motorist entered nearby Interstate 15 and fled to the north at speeds reaching 110 mph, weaving through slower-moving traffic on a center divider and the right-hand shoulder.

Several minutes later, the driver crashed the Volvo SUV he was driving into another vehicle on the Poway Road off-ramp and skidded to a halt. Officers then took him and his female companion into custody. The arrestees' names were not immediately available.

The accident left one lane blocked on the connector ramp for a time, Catano said.

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