Suspected car thieves lead police in chase through National City: 1 taken into custody

Chase began on Euclid Ave, Division St

NATIONAL CITY, Calif. - A suspected car thief was under arrest Monday after leading police in a chase through National City.

Sgt. Mike Harlan with the National City Police Department said  32-year-old old Pedro Ventura Arroyo was arrested after being linked to a stolen car, a police chase and a crash.

The chase began on Euclid Avenue and Division Street Sunday night after a license plate reader triggered a police alarm indicating a stolen vehicle.

National City police officers attempted to pull over the car, with Arroyo and another person inside, but they sped off.

The chase ended about a mile away at the intersection of Euclid Avenue and 4th Street after the car slammed into a pickup truck and spun out of control. The people in that truck were not injured.

"The driver fled from the vehicle," Sgt. Harlan said. "The officer chased after him and caught him about 100 yards away."

Sgt. Harlan told 10News there was only one officer initially at the scene. When the two suspects split in different directions, the officer had to decide which person to go after. He followed Arroyo, the driver. Harlan said a Taser was used to take Arroyo down.  

It all unfolded right in front of Paradise Valley hospital. Arroyo was taken in the hospital to be checked out before being transported and booked into county jail.

Police are looking for the second suspect.

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