UPDATE: More information on this incident has been released by the California Highway Patrol.
“On April 27, at approximately 11:45 p.m., Oceanside Area CHP units were notified that San Diego Area CHP units were in pursuit of a stolen vehicle traveling north on Interstate 15 from Mira Mesa Blvd.
San Diego CHP had attempted to stop the vehicle for a speeding violation. The Oceanside Area CHP units entered the pursuit northbound I-15 at Deer Springs Rd.”
“The suspect vehicle, a stolen 2009 Toyota Highlander, was traveling in excess of 100 mph. The vehicle exited at Rainbow Valley Blvd, turned around and entered southbound I-15 where it continued to evade traveling in excess of 100 mph.”
“The vehicle was successfully spiked near the Lilac Rd overpass. The vehicle slowed to a stop just north of Gopher Canyon Road where a felony stop was initiated. The driver of the suspect vehicle was uncooperative and refused commands to toss out the keys or exit the vehicle. A less lethal shotgun bean bag round was used to break out the tinted rear window of the vehicle. At that time, the driver became cooperative. The driver and all four passengers were taken into custody.
The driver, later identified as Stephanie Well, 20, of San Diego became uncooperative and began kicking the right rear window of the CHP patrol vehicle, shattering it. Additionally, Wells began spitting on officers.
All five subjects were transported to Vista Detention Facility. Wells was booked for felony evading, felony vehicle theft, felony vandalism, and grand theft.”
“Several vehicles reported receiving flat tires due to the spike strip remaining partially in the roadway.”
DEER SPRINGS – Five people were arrested at the end of a high-speed pursuit over a stolen SUV in North County last night. During the incident, Interstate 15 was heavy with law enforcement activity.
The pursuit began on northbound Interstate 15 at Carroll Canyon Road about 11:45 p.m. Sunday, April 27, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Officers chased a stolen Toyota Highlander and its occupants from the Mira Mesa area to Rainbow, where the pursuit turned southbound on I-15 and eventually ended in the Deer Springs area after the SUV was driven over a deployed spike strip, the CHP reported.
The agency said the driver of the Highlander and four occupants were arrested.
No injuries were reported.