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

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San Diego police arrested a man after a pursuit by car and on foot that closed an off-ramp of Interstate 805.
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San Diego Union-Tribune

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.

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.

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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.

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A shoe also was recovered.

Figueroa writes for the San Diego Union-Tribune.

teri.figueroa@sduniontribune.com


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