High-speed freeway chase ends near Encinitas


A reckless driving and DUI suspect led authorities on a high-speed chase July 21 from San Juan Capistrano into northern San Diego County before crashing to a halt and getting arrested.

The chase began shortly after 2 p.m. in Orange County at Avery Parkway and Interstate 5, when deputies tried to pull over the driver of a Chrysler convertible.

The motorist, whose name was not immediately available, refused to yield and sped off to the south on the freeway, at times reaching speeds in excess of 100 mph, according to Orange County sheriff’s Lt. Jeff Hallock.

Near El Camino Real in San Clemente, California Highway Patrol officers took over the chase.

The suspect crossed into the San Diego area and continued fleeing to the south before crashing the Chrysler convertible just north of Encinitas, the CHP reported.

Officers took him into custody. No injuries were reported.

The accident caused heavy congestion on I-5 for miles to the north, according to the Highway Patrol.