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SAN DIEGO COUNTY DIGEST

Carlsbad

February 17, 1989

A high-speed chase involving Carlsbad police, sheriff's deputies, San Diego police and two alleged car thieves ended early Thursday in La Jolla when the stolen vehicle crashed into an embankment, the Carlsbad Police Department reported.

The chase, which at times exceeded 100 m.p.h., began about 5 a.m. on Elm Avenue when a Carlsbad officer stopped the driver of a late-model Dodge for a broken taillight. When the officer approached the car, the driver sped south on Interstate 5.

The officer fired a warning shot as the car sped away, a police spokesman said.

San Diego County sheriff's deputies and San Diego police officers joined the chase, which ended when the suspects exited I-5 onto La Jolla Village Drive and careened off an embankment, the spokesman said. They were caught after a foot chase.

Jeffrey Ezell, 24, of San Diego and David Chicoine, 25, address unknown, were taken to Sharp Memorial Hospital, where they were listed in good condition. Ezell suffered minor cuts on his face, and Chicoine suffered a broken left arm, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Both are under protective custody and will be taken to County Jail, where they will be booked on suspicion of auto theft.

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