Two women and two children were unwittingly taken on a chase through the streets of Grant Hill and Mount Hope Thursday evening.
A San Diego police sergeant told 10News the chase started when an officer spotted a driver double-parked near Market Street and 30th Avenue before 7 p.m.
When the officer made a U-turn and went back towards the white SUV, the driver allegedly tossed a gun out the window and took off. Police gave chase through several streets until the driver turned onto J Street, a dead end, and had nowhere to go.
“The car came to a screech and there was a lot of smoke from the brakes,” said Marilyn Vickaryous, who lives just feet away.
Just as the car chase came to an end, the foot pursuit started. The suspect jumped a fence that separates the street from the San Diego Trolley.
“All I could hear was feet hitting the ground and then I heard the fence kind of chink, chink,” Vickaryous said. “He was gone. Whoever it was, I mean, was like Superman, because he got over that fence within seconds.”
Officers eventually caught the suspect, a man in his 20s, and took him to jail. His name was not immediately disclosed. After some questioning, officers released the two women, 13-year-old boy and a 2-year-old toddler. No one was hurt.
Police said the suspect has a criminal past. He will face charges including felony evading, felon in possession of a firearm and child endangerment.