Mountain View pursuit ends in crash

Pedestrian struck by car during pursuit

SAN DIEGO - A stolen vehicle crashed off a Mountain View-area street during a police chase Thursday and struck a pedestrian, leaving the person with two broken legs and the driver under arrest, authorities reported.

Jasmine Ford, 24, was arrested on suspicion of auto theft and evading police after being taken to a hospital to be checked out, San Diego police said.

The pursuit began about 1:30 p.m. when Ford, driving a 2009 Mercedes-Benz SUV reported stolen in Mira Mesa earlier in the day, sped away from officers who tried to pull her over on Ocean View Boulevard near Interstate 805, according to San Diego police.

Moments later, the woman lost control of the westbound vehicle on a curve near 40th Street, SDPD public affairs Lt. Kevin Mayer said. The vehicle veered off the road, hitting a tree and a 63-year-old woman walking on the sidewalk.

Carlos Rojas witnessed it from the beginning a few blocks away at the Home Depot on Marketplace Avenue and where it ended at Mountain View Recreation Center.  

"Jamming through here and she clipped the curb and she caught wind and boom … and it hit the tree and pedestrian," said Rojas.

"She did try to walk or run away, but she got clipped by the car," Rojas told 10News. "She was hurting. She was screaming when they were trying to turn her around because she must have broken something."

Medics took the injured woman to UCSD Medical Center.

Three other vehicles, including two police cars, had minor damage.


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