Suspected car thief leads police in chase from SDSU to South Park, breaks into elderly woman's home

SAN DIEGO - A suspected car thief is in jail Wednesday after police said he led officers in a chase and then broke into the South Park home of a 90-year-old woman.

Daniel Hubbard was arrested outside of the house where the chase ended in the 2200 block of Montclair Street.

"Grandma was in there," said William Mormon, who was inside the home at the time. "She’ll be 91 next month and so I was more concerned about her because she was panicking, so I came out and there was a helicopter above." He said there were about ten police cars in front of his house.

The chase began at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday after a Plymouth minivan triggered a license reader, alerting San Diego State University police that the vehicle was stolen.

When police attempted to pull over the van near 55th Street and Montezuma Road, the driver sped off and got on westbound Interstate 8.

The van, which police said was driven by Hubbard, headed towards I-805 and exited on University Avenue. Police said that at some point, Hubbard bailed out of the car and entered the South Park home where a 90-year-old woman resides.

Police searched the area for over two hours with the help of a K-9 unit. One police dog eventually found Hubbard hiding inside the house.

Hubbard was taken to an area hospital to be treated for dog bites. He faces possession of a stolen vehicle and evading arrest charges.

"[It] might be a little hard to sleep tonight, but we’ll make it," Mormon said. "I’m just glad they caught him."

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