Encinitas man arrested for allegedly stealing car


A 19-year-old Encinitas man was arrested after he allegedly stole a car from a Seal Beach home and later fled the scene of an alcohol-related crash, police said today.

Jacob Lightig, faces charges of residential burglary, driving under the

influence of alcohol, fleeing the scene of a traffic collision and grand theft auto, according to Seal Beach police.

Lightig is suspected of entering an open garage door in the 600 block of Ocean Avenue about 10 a.m. Wednesday and stealing a car from the residence using keys found inside the home, police said.

Witnesses reported the theft, prompting officers to be on the lookout for the stolen car, police said.

About 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, sheriff’s deputies received a report of a hit-and-run collision in Dana Point.

“The vehicle drove a short distance further and the driver exited the car,’’ according to a police statement. “The witness followed the driver and directed responded deputies to Lightig, who was arrested without incident.’’

Lightig suffered minor injuries in the crash, while the vehicle sustained major damage, police said.

Lightig was booked into the Orange County Jail.