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Man running from police is hit by car on freeway, gets up and keeps going

Man running from police is hit by car on freeway, gets up and keeps going
San Diego police arrested a man after a pursuit by car and on foot that closed an off-ramp of Interstate 805. (UT file)

A driver fleeing from police Sunday night in San Diego ditched a rental car along Interstate 805 and ran across the freeway, where he got hit — then got up and kept running.

San Diego police started chasing the man shortly before 8:30 p.m. after spotting him driving a speeding car and running a red light on eastbound University Avenue in the City Heights neighborhood, Officer John Buttle said.

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The driver headed southbound on Interstate 15, then merged onto southbound I-805 with police in pursuit.

When he reached the Home Avenue off-ramp, he pulled the car over, jumped out and started running across the freeway. At one point, a vehicle clipped him, but he got up and kept running, police said.

San Diego police shut down the off-ramp during the chase and searched for the man.

According to scanner traffic, the suspect’s vehicle was a red rental car with damage on it — and may have been involved in an earlier hit-and-run incident.

Also according to scanner traffic, the suspect lost a shoe as he ran.

Officers searched the area, assisted by a police helicopter, and arrested a suspect shortly after 9:50 p.m.

A shoe also was recovered.

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