A police pursuit on Thursday ended on Interstate 15 in Mission Valley, briefly shutting down the freeway and choking rush-hour traffic, San Diego police said.
The pursuit was believed to be the result of a shoplifting or burglary incident that occurred around 4 p.m. at a store on Carmel Mountain Road just off I-15 in the Carmel Mountain Ranch neighborhood, San Diego police Officer Robert Heims said.
Details about the incident at the store — believed to be an Ulta Beauty cosmetics store, according to police radio traffic — were not immediately available, Heims said.
It was also unclear where the pursuit began, but it ended on south I-15 just north of Interstate 8, where police shut down all lanes of traffic around 4:30 p.m.
Footage from 10News showed officers chasing and tackling a person who had ran from the vehicle into some brush on the side of the freeway. The footage also showed officers with their guns drawn ordering several more people out of the black SUV.
The last person to exit the vehicle, from the back passenger’s side door, was an older woman who had trouble walking, according to the news helicopter footage and police radio communications.
Though the freeway closure lasted only 10 minutes or so, it caused heavy traffic congestion and prompted a traffic alert to be issued, according to the California Highway Patrol.
No further details about the incident were immediately available.