Police Chase Results In Crash, Arrest

LA MESA -- Police spotted a stolen Las Vegas vehicle in La Mesa Friday and pursued the car to an eventual crash scene near the Mexican border.

Police said that on July 5th at approximately 8:49 PM, a La Mesa Police officer observed a stolen vehicle getting onto southbound SR-125 from Grossmont Boulevard in La Mesa. The vehicle had been reported stolen in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Officers followed the vehicle onto westbound SR-94, southbound Interstate 15, and southbound onto Interstate 5. With assistance from a National City Police Department canine unit, La Mesa police officers attempted to initiate a traffic stop as the vehicle passed through National City on southbound I-5. The vehicle failed to yield and a pursuit ensued.

Officers pursued the vehicle southbound Interstate 5 to Camino de la Plaza, where officers discontinued the pursuit as it approached the international border. The suspect vehicle then crashed into a roadside barrier and with assistance from SDPD officers, SDSO deputies, and Border Patrol agents the suspect was taken into custody.

The suspect, 20-year-old Steven Fernandez, was discovered to have an outstanding arrest warrant and was later booked into County Jail on the following additional charges of vehicle theft, possession of a stolen vehicle, felony evading and felony warrant.

The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is urged to call the La Mesa Police Department at (619) 667-1400.

You may also call Crime Stoppers’ anonymous toll-free tip line (888) 580-TIPS (or www.sdcrimestoppers.com). You can remain anonymous, and be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in this case.

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