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Driver of stolen pickup crashes twice near Otay Mesa West after fleeing sheriff’s deputies

The driver of a stolen pickup collided with two other vehicles Friday night along Palm Avenue near Otay Mesa West after fleeing from sheriff’s deputies, authorities said.

The driver ran away after the second crash, eluding capture, though police said they know his identity, an officer said. An occupant of the second vehicle struck by the stolen pickup sustained minor injuries in the crash.

The pursuit began just after 9:25 p.m. on Otay Mesa Road when deputies attempted to pull over the driver of a gold Ford Ranger for a traffic violation, San Diego sheriff’s Lt. Scott Roller said. The driver instead sped away and deputies gave chase, later learning the pickup was reported stolen.

At some point, deputies stopped chasing the truck — it was unclear if they called off the pursuit or lost sight of the truck — but continued to search for it, according to Roller and San Diego police Officer Darius Jamsetjee. As they did so, bystanders waved them down to report a hit-and-run collision at Palm Avenue and Dennery Road just east of Interstate 805.

While deputies responded to that crash, involving a white Tesla sedan, San Diego police officers alerted them to a second crash about 2 miles away, at Palm Avenue and Beyer Way, Roller said.

One person in the second vehicle, a Toyota Highlander SUV, sustained minor injuries and was taken by paramedics to a hospital, Jamsetjee said. It was unclear if anyone involved in the first collision was injured.

The driver ran away from the second crash scene and remained outstanding late Friday night, Jamsetjee said. The driver is believed to be wanted on prior warrants related to stolen vehicle charges.

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