Suspect in carjacking, pursuit found hiding in culvert – California News

Suspect in carjacking, pursuit found hiding in culvert – California News

Oceanside police arrested a 22-year-old man who they said carjacked a woman and later led officers on a brief pursuit that ended when the stolen car crashed Wednesday night.

The man ran from the wrecked sedan and hid in a nearby culvert, but a police dog led officers to him, Lt. Dan Sullivan said. The suspect, who at some point had suffered a leg injury, was taken into custody without a struggle.

The carjacking occurred about 10:15 p.m. on Lime Tree Way, a cul-de-sac off Los Arbolitos Drive. The victim told police she was sitting in her blue, four-door Honda Civic when a young man opened a door, pulled out a knife and told her to get out.

She complied, and he got in the car and drove away.

An officer later spotted the Honda roughly three miles away, near Oceanside Boulevard and Crouch Street, Sullivan said. The officer called for back-up and followed the car onto state Route 78.

When officers tried to pull over the driver, near Plaza Drive, he did not stop.

Not long after, the driver exited the freeway, lost control of the car on a sharp curve and smashed into a fence near Emerald Drive, south of SR-78, Sullivan said. The driver then ditched the car and ran away.

Officers led by a canine found the suspect lying in water in a nearby culvert, Sullivan said. A San Diego police helicopter crew and sheriff’s deputies also assisted in the search.

The suspect was arrested and was taken to a hospital for treatment of a leg injury. He was expected to be booked into jail on suspicion of carjacking and evading police.

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