Man in stolen truck leads three-county road chase: Pursuit ends in Miramar, Alberto Ochoa arrested

SAN DIEGO - A man who allegedly came close to running down a police officer with a stolen dump truck Tuesday led authorities on a chase from San Bernardino County to the San Diego area, where he finally pulled over at a gas station near Marine Corps Air Station Miramar and was arrested.

The events that led to the chase began in the early afternoon, when the work vehicle was reported stolen from a business on Mission Boulevard in the Jurupa Valley area of Riverside County, authorities said.

The suspect, identified as 41-year-old Riverside resident Alberto Ochoa, drove into nearby Ontario, where he allegedly almost ran over a police officer before fleeing back into Riverside County.

Shortly after 1 p.m., Riverside police spotted the stolen big rig in the area of Central Avenue and Van Buren Boulevard and pursued it west into Norco.

Sheriff's deputies took over the pursuit at Crestview Drive and Seventh Street in Norco, following Ochoa as he drove onto southbound Interstate 15. At that point, the California Highway Patrol took over.

The truck continued south, reaching speeds of 80 mph before exiting into Lake Elsinore around 1:40 p.m. The suspect went south on Collier Avenue, then re-entered I-15 at Main Street.

The pursuit continued through the cities of Murrieta and Temecula, reaching San Diego County just after 2 p.m., according to the CHP.

The suspect passed through Fallbrook, Bonsall, Escondido, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Penasquitos and Mira Mesa before exiting onto Miramar Road, the CHP reported.

He then pulled into a Shell station off Kearny Villa Road, got out of the stolen truck and tried unsuccessfully to escape on foot. Officers took him into custody there a short time later with help from a law enforcement dog.

Ochoa was treated at the scene for bite wounds.

No other injuries were reported.

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