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Pedestrian struck during vehicle pursuit in San Diego

December 21, 2020 GMT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The driver of a stolen vehicle being pursued through San Diego apparently deliberately struck a pedestrian before being taken into custody, police said.

The pedestrian was hospitalized Sunday with life-threatening injuries, a San Diego Police Department statement said.

The pursuit began in Chula Vista, where the stolen vehicle had crashed into a building. Chula Vista police requested assistance as the chase entered San Diego.

The vehicle drove into a trailer park and stopped, but then accelerated and struck the pedestrian.

“It appears as though the collision with the pedestrian was intentional,” the statement said.

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The driver sped away but was taken into custody around a corner with the help of a police dog.

The driver was identified only as a 44-year-old man. His name was withheld.

The injured pedestrian was identified as a 52-year-old resident of the trailer park. His name also was withheld.

Homicide detectives were called in to investigate due to the severity of the victim’s injuries, police said.