December 23, 2013 (La Mesa) – A parolee being pursued by law enforcement officers struck two vehicles, injuring an occupant of one of the vehicles struck as well as one of the suspects.
The incident began at 8:03 a.m. on December 22, when a La Mesa Police officer attempted to make a traffic stop on a vehicle at El Cajon Blvd. and Baltimore Drive for a traffic violation. The officer recognized the driver as a known subject on parole. When the suspect spotted the officer’s vehicle behind him, he fled the location and failed to yield to officers. A vehicle pursuit ensued.
The chase continued eastbound on Interstate 8, and then northbound on the 67 Freeway into the City of El Cajon, where the suspect vehicle collided into two vehicles on the Bradley St. offramp as the driver attempted to exit the freeway at a high rate of speed. The suspect vehicle was occupied by the male driver and a female passenger, who fled on foot following the crash. San Diego Sheriff and California Highway Patrol officers assisted La Mesa Police with the pursuit and search for the suspects. Both of the suspects were apprehended as they tried to flee the scene. An occupant in one of the struck vehicles was transported to a local hospital for evaluation. No officers were injured during the pursuit.
Sean Bartelson, 24, was arrested and transported to Sharp Memorial Hospital with a complaint of neck pain. Bartelson will be booked at San Diego County Jail on charges of reckless driving while evading a peace officer (California Vehicle Code 2800.2) pending his release from the hospital
A passenger, Chelsea Hill, 21, is also being charged with section 148(a)(1) (Resisting, Delaying, or Obstructing Officer) of the California Penal Code.