Wild chase ends in National City, 2 arrested

NATIONAL CITY - A man and woman were arrested after a pursuit that reached speeds of over 100 miles per hour through several residential neighborhoods before ending in National City early Friday morning.

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department reports the chase wound through neighborhood streets and freeways in El Cajon, La Mesa, Spring Valley, Chula Vista and Bonita.

It began in Alpine, when a deputy tried to pull over the suspect vehicle for having expired plates near Dehasa Road just after 2 a.m. The driver refused to stop and a chase ensued. California Highway Patrol joined the pursuit and put down spike strips, but the vehicle was able to avoid them.

The chase finally ended at about 2:40 a.m. when it crashed into a parked car in a parking lot outside a bar at 2511 Sweetwater Rd., near the Interstate 805 and State Route 54 interchange.

The driver, 42-year-old Michale Babbitt, tried to run and was caught by sheriff’s deputies. His passenger, 26-year-old Amanda Salama, was also arrested.

Babbitt was booked into the San Diego Jail on counts of felony evasion, possession of burglary tools, possession of illegal weapons, possession of narcotics for sales and committing a crime while out on bond. Salama was charged with narcotics possession, destruction/concealing evidence and committing a crime while out on bond.

A deputy twisted his knee taking them into custody, but there were no serious injuries.

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