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By Miriam Raftery

September 26, 2018 (Lakeside) – On Monday, September 24th, Sheriff’s deputies conducting traffic enforcement at Ashwood Street and Willows Road in Lakeside pulled over a vehicle that ran a stop sign. A male passenger ran out of the vehicle and jumped the fence into the El Capitan High School campus just as students were being released.

The school was placed on temporary lockdown while deputies pursued the suspect on foot, who surrendered peacefully.  A deputy assigned to the school was also present.

No students were harmed.  However, a deputy injured his leg during the incident and was transported to a hospital, says Sgt. John Delocht.

It was determined that the male passenger had a warrant for his arrest. A Sheriff's handler and his K-9 partner conducted a search of the area where the suspect ran and located a methamphetamine pipe.

The suspect was identified as Benito Villa, 41. Villa was arrested and booked into San Diego Central Jail for the warrant, trespassing, resisting a peace officer, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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