Motorcycle chase ends in Mission Valley wreck

Posted at 11:50 AM, Jan 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-28 20:11:21-05

SAN DIEGO - A motorcyclist who refused to yield for a traffic stop Thursday led officers on a high-velocity chase from Lemon Grove to Mission Valley, where he crashed his two-wheeler into a car and then made a futile attempt to escape on foot.

The estimated 20-minute pursuit began shortly before 10:30 a.m. on state Route 94 near SR-125, according to the California Highway Patrol.

With CHP officers tailing him, the rider fled to the west and north at speeds up to 120 mph, traversing stretches of Interstates 805 and 8, SR-163, and city streets before pulling into a driveway at Westfield Mission Valley mall, CHP spokesman Kevin Pearlstein said.

The man rode through a parking structure near a Macy's store, then sped away from the shopping center and continued fleeing to the north on Mission Center Road and east on Friars Road.

Moments later, the motorcyclist's 2007 Yamaha R1 crashed into the back of a Scion. The rider tumbled onto the roadway, then got up and tried to run off.

Officers quickly captured the suspect, identified as 27-year-old Aaron C. Gossmeyer of La Mesa.

Medics took Gossmeyer to Scripps Mercy Hospital in Hillcrest for treatment of moderately serious injuries. Upon his release from medical care, he will be booked into county jail on suspicion of felony evasion of police and hit-and-run, Pearlstein said.