Stolen car pursuit end in crash in Escondido

Police: Thief still on the loose

ESCONDIDO, Calif. - A high-speed chase down Interstate 15 in Escondido Friday ends when the police say a driver slammed his stolen vehicle into another car after exiting the northbound lanes at Via Rancho Parkway.

“I was just sitting here at the light and he came from the ramp at 75 to 80 mph and hit me front on,” George Vaugh told 10News. “It drove my car back to the place it landed right there, about 45 feet.”

Vaugh told 10News the driver looked right at him and then jumped out of the car and ran. 

According to CHP, the man fled on foot to a nearby mall, running through the Target parking lot at North County Westfield and up a set of stairs before reportedly going inside the JC Penney store.

“They were yelling stop stop,” said Vaugh.

CHP officers searched the store but didn’t find the man.

While 10News was at the scene the owner of the stolen car showed up.

“That is my vehicle it was stolen from me at the beginning of the day,” Edgar Rivera told 10News.

The 21-year-old said he only had the car for three days and had just gotten insurance on it. He was driving around all morning looking for it when he came around the corner and saw it sitting in the middle of the intersection all smashed up.

“I’m just trying to keep a positive attitude, and figure out what’s going on and what happened. I want to find out what’s the deal,” said Rivera.

For Vaugh, the wreck was enough to get him to think about giving up driving.

“The last two accidents I’ve been in I was sitting at a stop light and got rear-ended. This third one was front end.  I may stop driving all together,” he said. 

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