October 7, 2010 (El Cajon) – San Diego Sheriff's ASTREA helicopter crew assisted El Cajon Police in apprehending a suspected drunk driver following a high speed chase through La Mesa and El Cajon early Tuesday morning.
The helicopter crew noticed a sedan traveling at a high rate of speed shortly before 1 a.m. on October 5th in the vicinity of West Main Street and South Travelodge in El Cajon. According to Deputy Scott Blight, the helicopter crew then observed the vehicle run through a red light and several stop signs.
They directed El Cajon Police to intercept the car as the driver continued through residential areas at a high speed and over speed bumps, causing showers of sparks. After several minutes, the vehicle pulled over near the intersection of Jimzel Road and Primrose Drive in La Mesa.
El Cajon Police officers were directed to the stopped vehicle, where they contacted the 18-year-old driver and three passengers. The driver was arrested for DUI. Two of the passengers, ages 19 and 18, were cited and released for possession of alcohol by persons under 21 years of age. The other passenger, a juvenile, was taken into custody for the same charge and released to parents.
A video of the incident which was taken from the sheriff's helicopter was turned over to El Cajon Police as evidence.