Holdup suspect takes cops on lengthy road chase

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – An armed man allegedly robbed a City Heights fast-food
restaurant Tuesday afternoon before leading police on a 45-minute road chase
through southern San Diego and the South Bay before finally pulling over on
Interstate 5 and surrendering at gunpoint to a phalanx of officers.

The holdup at the McDonald's in the 5300 block of El Cajon Boulevard was
reported shortly after 1 p.m., according to San Diego police.

The thief, who was armed with a pistol, fled the business in a gray or
dark-green Pontiac sedan, SDPD Detective Gary Hassen said. When patrol officers
caught up with the vehicle a short time later, the suspect refused to yield and
sped off to the south.

The fleeing man led squad cars and a police helicopter through southeast
San Diego, National City and Chula Vista. In the latter city, the suspect
exited Interstate 805 and crisscrossed over various surface streets before
getting onto I-5, this time headed north, according to Hassen.

By that time, several of the tires on the Pontiac were flattened and
shredded, apparently from spike strips that officers had laid in the suspect's
path.

A few minutes later, the fleeing man pulled to a stop on the freeway,
just south of Main Street in National City. He promptly got out, followed
officers' shouted orders to lie face-down on the roadway and was arrested.

The suspect's name was not immediately available.

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