End of the Pacific Beach pursuit on Interstate 5

SAN DIEGO — Officers chased a Pacific Beach driver down the freeway on Sunday before arresting him with a strip of spikes, police said.

The chase began around 12:15 p.m. after someone called 911 to report that the driver of a seated white BMW had stopped at a traffic light, despite the light turning green, a commander said. the police at FOX 5.

When the other driver approached and checked on the man in the BMW, he started talking to himself and took off, according to the caller.

Police tracked down the driver and attempted to arrest him near the intersection of Garnet Avenue and Mission Boulevard, but the BMW drove off, the shift commander said. Officers chased the man at high speed, according to a dispatcher overheard by a police scanner.

The driver got on Interstate 5 and headed north, but authorities installed a strip of studs to puncture his tires and stop him near State Route 52, the shift commander said. He refused to come out and the police eventually pulled him out of the vehicle, taking him into custody.

Northbound I-5 was closed for a short time during the arrest, but traffic was moving through the area as normal at 1:30 p.m., police said.

Officers described their initial reason for trying to arrest the man as a ‘wellness check’ and did not immediately provide details of his potential charges.

A law enforcement helicopter briefly hovered over the Pacific Beach and La Jolla areas during the chase.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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