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Man leads high-speed pursuit, injured after jumping from freeway overpass

Posted at 4:46 PM, Dec 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-12 20:48:24-05

SAN DIEGO - A driver who led law enforcement on a pursuit Monday morning was taken to the hospital after authorities said he jumped from a freeway overpass in an attempt to evade deputies.

Sheriff's officials said deputies spotted 36-year-old Frank Rios driving a white Scion XB in Spring Valley at about 11:40 a.m. and tried to pull him over at Jamacha Road and Elkelton Boulevard. Rios was wanted on a felony warrant related to a traffic pursuit involving National City police.

However, as authorities approached Rios's car, he did not stop and sped away "at a high rate of speed" onto southbound state Route 125.

According to authorities, Rios led deputies -- as well as assisting San Diego and National City police units -- on a 15-mile pursuit on the highway, reaching speeds of about 100 mph.

Authorities said Rios' car eventually rear-ended a vehicle on northbound Interstate 5 near Civic Center Drive in National City before coming to a stop.

Rios got out of the Scion and fled the scene, and authorities said he then jumped from an overpass above I-5 and landed on 18th Street. He suffered multiple broken bones to his arms, legs and knees, as well facial lacerations from the plunge of about 30 feet, authorities said.

A bloodied Rios was taken into custody, and law enforcement officers found that he was armed with a loaded .40-caliber handgun that had been reported stolen.

According to authorities, Rios faces new charges of felony evading, being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition and carrying a stolen loaded firearm.

No other injuries were reported.