UPDATE: On Thursday at about 7:45 PM, deputies from the Vista Gang Enforcement Team attempted to conduct a traffic stop of a blue Honda Civic for unsafe speeds at Civic Center Dr. and Sierra Verde in the city of Vista. The vehicle, driven by Francisco Castro (DOB 02/16/2000), failed to yield resulting in a vehicle pursuit. During the pursuit, several objects were thrown out of the window including illegal drugs and a black handgun. The black handgun was later recovered and upon further inspection was found to be a paintball gun. The Honda also struck another vehicle's side view mirror causing minor damage but no injuries to any of the occupants.
The 30-minute pursuit traveled through the cities of Vista and San Marcos, as well as the SR 78, SR76 and I15 freeways. The Sheriff's helicopter unit, ASTREA, arrived and assisted deputies in tracking the vehicle until the vehicle came to a stop on its own just north of the Lilac Bridge on southbound I15 freeway. Castro and a passenger in the vehicle, Maribel Mora (DOB 03/24/1989), were taken into custody without further incident.
Castro was arrested for two outstanding felony warrants, Reckless Evading, Hit and Run, and Possession of Methamphetamine. Mora was arrested for an outstanding felony warrant. Both were booked into custody at the Vista Detention Facility.
Submitted by San Diego County Sheriff Press Release
High speed chase ends with arrests in Fallbrook
A high-speed chase started in Vista, then went through San Marcos and ended tonight, Thursday, July 14, on the I-15 near SR-76 in Fallbrook. There were two people who were taken into custody. The chase started at 7:50 pm Thursday. While there were no injuries reported, there was a minor accident. This is a breaking story and more will be reported as the information becomes available.
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