Two drivers caught after fleeing from checkpoint (Lemon Grove)September 9, 2007 No Comments
Kristina Davis. The San Diego Union – Tribune. San Diego, Calif.: Sep 9, 2007. pg. B.3
It was a wild night for sheriff’s deputies conducting a DUI checkpoint in Lemon Grove as they chased down a driver who crashed into a patrol car and they fired shots at another motorist who attempted to run them down, authorities said yesterday.
No one was seriously injured.
Deputies began looking for drunken drivers at 8 p.m. Friday at the checkpoint on Broadway east of North Avenue.
At 1 a.m. yesterday deputies stopped a car, noticed a passenger making furtive movements in back and ordered him out, the Sheriff’s Department said.
Once he climbed out, the teenage driver hit the gas pedal and sped through the parking lot with two other passengers, nearly hitting deputies nearby.
With the passenger door of his car open, the driver led deputies on a chase through city streets and on two freeways.
At one point, the driver slammed into a patrol car and kept going. He finally bailed out at Santo Road and Shields Street in Tierrasanta and ran.
A police dog picked up the pursuit and bit the teen, who was arrested and jailed. He had no valid driver’s license, police said.
Thirty minutes after that, deputies spotted a driver in a Ford Focus who apparently tried to avoid the checkpoint.
Three deputies walked to the car and asked the driver to get out, but he accelerated toward them, sheriff’s officials said.
Fearing they would be run over, two deputies shot at the driver before jumping out of the way, officials said.
The driver led deputies on a pursuit into San Diego, got out of his car at Euclid Avenue and Hilltop Drive, and fled. With help from San Diego’s police helicopter, he was arrested.
Deputies at the checkpoint also arrested five people suspected of driving under the influence and cited 19 others for driving without a license.
“It’s not that unusual to have suspects try to flee a checkpoint,” said Lt. Hope Andrews, a veteran of 27 years with the department. “But for this to happen twice in 30 minutes is very unusual.”Drunk Drivers