Auto theft suspect leads police on chase, escapes

ESCONDIDO (KUSI) – A man in a stolen pickup truck led police on a chase from Valley Center to Escondido before he crashed the vehicle and escaped on foot, police said.

The stolen 2015 Dodge Ram was spotted near East Valley Parkway by sheriff’s deputies around 4 a.m, sheriff’s Lt. Jim Walker said.

It then continued south into Escondido. Police officers joined the chase shortly afterward, police Sgt. Eric Distel said.

The suspect crashed the truck near South Rose Street and Boyle Avenue, about 20 minutes after the pursuit began, Distel said. The man then ran off.

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