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Car that led chase crashes into El Cajon apartment building

Posted at 6:02 AM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 09:22:21-04

EL CAJON, Calif. (KGTV) -- A car that was being pursued by police crashed into an El Cajon apartment building Thursday morning, but officers were unable to find the driver following the wreck.

At around 2 a.m., El Cajon police attempted to pull over a car due to a traffic violation, but the driver refused to stop and sped away.

The car reached speeds up to 70 MPH on wet roads, prompting officers to stop their pursuit.

Moments later, police received reports of a car -- matching the description of the vehicle in the chase -- colliding with a building at the Regency Apartments in the 700 block of Mollison Avenue.

Responding officers arrived to find the car had flipped into the building and struck a second-floor balcony.

The driver was nowhere to be found, but officers saw a passenger trapped in the wreckage.

Using the Jaws of Life, emergency crews cut the vehicle open and pulled the passenger out. That person was taken to the hospital with injuries of unknown severity.

Officers did not find any other occupants in the car.

Meanwhile, the collision displaced at least three apartment residents, prompting assistance from the Red Cross.

10News learned a building inspector and a San Diego Gas & Electric crew would be assessing the damage caused by the crash.

A description of the missing driver was not immediately released.