Ex-con leads police on chase; ditches drugs, gun

Posted at 5:14 PM, May 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-21 20:18:33-04

 A routine traffic stop turned into a high-speed pursuit this morning for Carlsbad police, who ended up arresting an ex-convict from Oceanside after he tossed a loaded gun and drugs out the window, according to police.

Officers attempted to pull over a black Honda Civic on eastbound Poinsettia Lane shortly before 11 a.m. Saturday, police said.

The driver did not stop for officers, then threw a large amount of methamphetamine and a loaded pistol out of the car window before taking off at a high rate of speed on northbound Interstate 5, according to Carlsbad Police Sgt. Mike Larson.

A spike strip deployed on Carlsbad Village Drive caused the car to come to a stop as the driver was exiting the freeway, Larson said. The driver -- identified only as a 33-year-old Oceanside resident -- was arrested without further incident.

He was booked into the Vista Detention Facility on suspicion of felony evading, possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine for sale, being a felon in possession of a firearm and other drug crimes, Larson said.