SD police led on chase Friday morning

Christopher Maher, Alice Echo-News Journal

An early morning pursuit in the city of San Diego Friday ended where most pursuits end - the county jail. Most drivers, however, do not actually drive into the jail.

Shortly after 12:30 a.m. Friday, officers with the San Diego Police Department received a call of an orange Dodge pickup truck driving recklessly on East Gravis Street.

Officers intercepted the truck and attempted to pull it over, but the driver allegedly refused to stop and led police on a pursuit through the city. The driver reportedly led police through several city streets, avoiding roadblocks set up by deputies assisting from the Duval County Sheriff's Department, before eventually winding up westbound on Collins Street.

The driver reportedly brought the vehicle to a stop outside a fenced area behind the county jail at the Duval County Courthouse, but then refused officers' commands to exit the truck.

The driver then allegedly rammed the truck through the fenced area, striking a pole and a communications box before coming to a stop.

Officials with the San Diego Police Department said Friday the driver of the truck sustained head injuries in the crash, and was transported by ambulance to CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital, where he was treated and released.

Charges of evading arrest and criminal mischief are currently pending against the driver until an arrest warrant can be obtained.

A small cellophane bag containing a white powder believed to be cocaine was reportedly found in the truck, and the driver may be facing additional charges of possession of a controlled substance, officials said.

The name of the driver was not released by officials Friday, pending his arrest.