CARLSBAD–Carlsbad police arrested a 22 year-old driver who led them on a vehicle and foot pursuit in the city Friday morning.
A Carlsbad police officer stopped a black Hyundai Genesis for expired registration at the intersection of Palomar Airport Road and El Camino Real in Carlsbad.
The driver, Nicholas Alvarez of Carlsbad, fled the scene of the traffic after he showed the officer his identification card. Another Carlsbad police officer observed the vehicle southbound on El Fuerte Street from Palomar Airport Road but was unable to safely get across the intersection from the north side of the intersection to pursue the vehicle. Several officers responded to the area and attempted to locate the vehicle.
At about 11:38 a.m., an officer located the vehicle travelling southbound on Alicante Road near Alga Norte Community Park. The officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop of the vehicle. The driver sped southbound on Alicante Road towards Poinsettia Lane, and attempted to make a right turn to head westbound on Poinsettia Lane. The driver was unable to make the turn and collided with the center-divide on Poinsettia Lane west of Alicante Road, disabling the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle fled on foot and was pursued on foot by the officer. A 43 year-old male from Alberta, Canada observed the officer in foot pursuit of the driver and tackled him. The driver was taken into custody by the officer.
Alvarez was arrested and booked into Vista Jail for evading a police officer, resisting a police officer, hit-and-run and driving on a suspended driver’s license.