Parolee leads wild North County road chase

FALLBROOK (CNS) – A parolee led deputies on a high-speed road chase through inland North County in a stolen car Friday, running stop signs and intentionally ramming another vehicle before a dead-end street foiled his attempt to evade arrest.

A deputy checking on a reported auto theft in Fallbrook spotted the stolen car about 6 a.m. while checking a parking structure at Pala Casino, sheriff's Sgt. Robert Bishop said.

While the deputy was awaiting backup, two men — later identified as parolees Brian Allen Raines and Michael William Tetu, both of Fallbrook — walked out of the gaming hall, got into the stolen vehicle and drove off, according to Bishop.

The deputy followed the car onto nearby State Route 76 and tried to pull it over. Instead of yielding, Raines allegedly hit the gas and sped down the highway to the west.

A short distance away, the suspect pulled over briefly. Tetu, 23, then got out and surrendered to sheriff's personnel as his cohort drove away again, Bishop said.

The pursuit continued onto Interstate 15, where a motorist, hearing the deputies' sirens, pulled her car over to the right. When Raines arrived in the area moments later and found himself blocked by slow-moving traffic, he allegedly crashed the stolen car into the back of the Valley Center woman's stationary vehicle, pushing it out of the way and allowing him to speed off again. She escaped injury.

Raines, 25, then continued fleeing to the north, reaching speeds up to 90 mph and blowing through stop signs and red lights while making his way into Fallbrook. Bishop said.

Finally, the suspect reached a cul-de-sac on North Vine Street and was cornered. Deputies arrested him and took him to Vista Detention Facility for booking on suspicion of auto theft, evading arrest, assault with a deadly weapon, parole violation and possession of a controlled substance.

Tetu was jailed on a parole-violation charge.

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