San Diego police say man arrested after chase, standoff at Rolando smoke shop
Incident on 6900 block of El Cajon Blvd.
Last Updated: 67 days ago
SAN DIEGO - Authorities said a stolen car suspect was arrested Wednesday morning, after leading officers on a wild high-speed chase that ended in a stand-off inside of a smoke shop.
The San Diego Police Department said the incident began around 10:30 p.m. when units in Southeast Division spotted a vehicle driving erratically on 54th Street near Euclid Avenue.
Officers said they ran the plate and discovered that the car had been reported stolen.
However, when the officers said they attempted to pull the car over, the suspect sped off leading them on a wild chase, crashing along the way and flattening both front tires.
Police said the driver wound his way through east San Diego until he pulled into the south alley of El Cajon Boulevard west of 70th Street, and fled on foot into a smoke shop, located on the 6900 block of El Cajon Blvd.
According to officers, the man locked himself in the store's back bathroom and refused to come out. When officers made their way into the bathroom, they discovered that the man had somehow managed to crawl through a very small access hole in the ceiling, and was stuck in the attic.
Officers with guns drawn surrounded the business, and K-9 units were called in.
Police said they had a good idea of where in the attic the man was because he kept breaking through the ceiling, causing pieces to rain down onto the ground.
After about a 15-minute long stand-off, the man surrendered and was taken into custody.
As officers walked the man out of the store, he was so exhausted he almost collapsed.
Paramedics were called-in and transported the man to an area hospital to be treated for injuries he suffered while in the attic.
Police said they found drugs in the stolen car as well as several large knives.
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