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Suspect drives over several graves in cemetery during chase in San Diego County, authorities say

A man suspected of taking part in a brawl drove over several graves in a San Marcos cemetery while trying to evade San Diego County sheriff’s deputies during a lengthy pursuit, authorities said.

The incident began when a brawl was reported near Hollandia Park in San Marcos in northern San Diego County about 3:20 p.m. Friday, said sheriff’s Sgt. Josh Stone. Detectives spotted a silver Hyundai Sonata with two people inside leaving the area, he said.

They followed the car, which appeared to be going along “aimlessly” until it reached San Marcos Cemetery about a mile away, Stone said. Patrol deputies tried to get the driver of the Sonata to pull over, but he sped off and drove over several graves as he headed for the exit of the cemetery.

The 11-mile pursuit came to an end when the vehicle stopped at a shopping center, where the driver ran and jumped into the bed of a pickup truck to try to hide, Stone said.

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The 22-year-old Vista man was located and arrested on suspicion of felony evading as well as a felony warrant and two misdemeanor warrants, Stone said.

The 23-year-old male passenger, also from Vista, surrendered and was jailed on a charge of being drunk in public, he said.

Neither man was identified.

pauline.repard@sduniontribune.com

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