SAN DIEGO - An early Thursday morning vehicle pursuit ended with a sheriff's patrol unit in the brush and the deputy in the hospital.
At approximately 2:30 a.m., Sgt. Jonathan Melendez with the San Diego Police Department heard a call on his radio from Duval County Sheriff Deputy Jonathan Salazar about a vehicle pursuit headed into town from Highway 359.
Deputy Salazar and the vehicle he was after passed Sgt. Melendez's vehicle on South Dr. EE Dunlap Street. Melendez joined the pursuit.
The vehicle involved in the chase drove west on Gravis Street and made his way onto County Road 103 with the two units after him as their emergency lights and sirens blared.
According to the police report, Sgt. Melendez advised Deputy Salazar to slow down due to road conditions, but the deputy disregarded Melendez's warnings and continued his pursuit.
Towards the dead end of the county road, Deputy Salazar lost control of his patrol unit on the caliche road. The patrol unit flipped over and land on its side in the brush.
According to the report, Sgt. Melendez assisted Deputy Salazar by holding the unit's door open while the deputy crawled out. Sgt. Melendez took Deputy Salazar into city limits where he was than taken to the hospital with minor injuries by EMS.
The vehicle in pursuit was not caught.