San Diego, CA–A man wanted on suspicion of residential burglary stole a vehicle from a residence and led authorities on a brief pursuit in San Diego.
Sheriff’s deputies arrested Jason Collins, 48, and booked him into the Vista Detention Facility for burglary, vehicle theft, evading a peace officer with wanton disregard for public safety, Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sergeant Luke Berhalter said.
On Thursday, just after 7:30 a.m., security officers employed by Rancho Santa Fe Patrol called the San Diego Sheriff’s Communications Center to request assistance. They responded to a possible solo vehicle collision near a residence located in the 16000 block of Puerta Del Sol in the unincorporated area of Rancho Santa Fe.
Upon arrival with fire department personnel, they observed a white male adult, later identified as Collins, sitting in the driver’s seat of the parked vehicle with an unknown female passenger. A handgun was observed inside the vehicle. Collins, who was awoken by the fire department’s response, told them to “get back.” Multiple patrol deputies from the North Coastal Sheriff’s Station arrived and established a perimeter around the vehicle. The Sheriff’s ASTREA helicopter and a Sheriff’s canine unit responded to assist. ASTREA was able to see inside the vehicle, observing the man and woman were no longer inside.
During that time, multiple residents began calling the Sheriff’s Communications Center stating a man matching the description of Collins had been seen on their property. While deputies were continuing their search for Collins, a resident living in the 16000 block of Via Del Alba reported a man matching the description of Collins had just stolen her vehicle, a 1987 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme. A deputy observed Collins exiting the woman’s driveway in the stolen vehicle at a high rate of speed. The deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop, however, Collins failed to yield and a traffic pursuit ensued.
Deputies deployed a spike strip, flattening the vehicle’s tires. The vehicle slowed down and came to a stop in the 14000 block of El Camino Real in San Diego. Deputies conducted a high-risk vehicle stop and Collins was taken into custody without further incident. He was not in possession of a firearm and he claimed the one previously seen in his possession was a toy. It was later determined the unknown woman seen with Collins earlier in the morning is his girlfriend. She was unharmed and she is not considered a suspect.
There were no injuries reported during the incident.