Teen driver arrested, 2-year-old girl hurt in high-speed chase in Poway

Posted at 9:23 AM, Jun 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-26 12:23:48-04

POWAY, Calif. (KGTV) - A teen driving on a provisional license was arrested Sunday night after leading deputies on a high-speed chase in the Poway area that ended in a crash that injured another driver and a 2-year-old girl.

According to sheriff's officials, a deputy spotted a 2009 Lexus GS350 speeding on southbound Espola Road and attempted to pull the vehicle over. However, the Lexus refused to stop, prompting a pursuit.

Sheriff's officials said the Lexus turned onto westbound Poway Road and then made its way onto northbound Midland Road, running two stop signs and three red lights in the process.

The Lexus ran another red light onto eastbound Twin Peaks Road, but the car could not handle the turn due to the high speed. The car crossed into the opposite lanes and collided head-on with a 2010 Ford Edge that was stopped in the left-hand turn lane on Twin Peaks Road.

The Ford's driver and a 2-year-old female passenger were injured and taken to the hospital. Sheriff's officials said both suffered non-life threatening injuries and were released after being evaluated. Another person in the Ford was not hurt.

Meanwhile, the Lexus' driver -- a 17-year-old Poway boy -- was arrested and booked into Juvenile Hall on suspicion of reckless driving, felony evading and a license violation.

Sheriff's officials said two male juveniles, including the driver, and three male adults were in the Lexus and were not injured.