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Car chase ends with crash


November 13, 2013
What started as a routine traffic stop on Nov. 3 ended with a high-speed chase on Cole Grade Road and three arrests.

At approximately 6:42 p.m., San Diego County Sheriff's deputies were on the way to a call when they spotted two vehicles that appeared to be street racing, according to Lieutenant Kelly Martinez. After observing the two cars go through a red light at the intersection of Cole Grade and Fruitvale Roads, the deputies turned on their lights and pulled both cars over.

"Both vehicles yielded initially to that," said Martinez. A deputy approached the first car and the driver reported that he had been the victim of a residential burglary. He claimed that the occupants of the other car had stolen his iPod and he was chasing them to recover it. However, the second car didn't wait around to give their side of the story.

"While (the deputy) was talking to that first driver, the other car took off," said Martinez. The second car, a BMW, sped off north on Cole Grade Road with deputies in pursuit. Six Sheriff's units were involved in the chase, as well as a helicopter providing aerial support.

The chase didn't go on for too long. The fleeing vehicle soon turned off Cole Grade Road and crashed into a fence enclosing a property belonging to the Valley Center Municipal Water District.

"It did end with a crash into the chain-link fence at 30595 Miller Lane," said Martinez. "All three subjects of that vehicle fled on foot."

Corey Austin, 33, of Oceanside and Walter Thompson, 28, of Escondido were contacted and arrested immediately. The third, Travion McHenry, 21, of Oceanside, fled further on foot and was apprehended last.

The driver of the first car who reported the stolen iPod is not being charged with anything. The three subjects in the second car face a variety of charges, including sale of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, conspiracy to commit a crime, obstruction and resisting a peace officer, evading a peace officer with wanton disregard for safety, vandalism, and violation of parole.

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