SAN DIEGO — Two officers were injured Thursday morning following a high-speed pursuit on Interstate 5 that lasted over an hour and stretched from Orange County to Solana Beach.
Orange County Sheriff’s Department officials said they received a report of a robbery at a gas station in Laguna Hills around 4:20 a.m. Deputies started chasing the vehicle, believed to be related to the robbery, south on I-5. California Highway Patrol officers joined the pursuit that reached 120 mph.
It ended when the driver exited the freeway and headed east on Lomas Santa Fe Drive in Solana Beach. CHP officers were laying spike strips on the road when the motorist came through and hit them, authorities said.
The driver crashed the car about a mile from I-5 near La Floresta and ran away, authorities said. San Diego County Sheriff’s Department blocked off the area to traffic.
Authorities tracked down the suspected driver near the crash site and took him into custody. The man suffered minor injuries and was taken to a hospital.
Orange County Sheriff’s Department described the man as a 5-feet, 8-inches tall Hispanic man in his 30s.
The officers suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to authorities. One officer was seen getting placed into an ambulance. The other was walking around the scene.
This story will be updated as information becomes available.