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Countywide chase ends north of Lilac Bridge

Sheriffs arrest two suspects

SAN DIEGO – Last Thursday, July 21, at about 7:45 p.m., deputies from the Vista Gang Enforcement Team attempted to conduct a traffic stop of a blue Honda Civic for unsafe speeds at Civic Center Drive and Sierra Verde in the city of Vista.

The vehicle, driven by Francisco Castro, 22, failed to yield, resulting in a vehicle pursuit, a Sheriff’s spokesperson explained. During the pursuit, several objects were allegedly thrown out of the window including illegal drugs and a black handgun, he said.

The black handgun was later recovered and upon further inspection was found to be a paintball gun, the spokesperson said. The Honda also struck another vehicle's side view mirror causing minor damage but no injuries to any of the occupants, he said.

The 30-minute pursuit traveled through the cities of Vista and San Marcos, as well as the SR 78, SR76 and I-15 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 I-15 freeway.

Castro and a passenger in the vehicle, Maribel Mora, 33, were taken into custody without further incident.

Castro was arrested for two outstanding felony warrants, Reckless Evading, Hit and Run, and Possession of Methamphetamine, the spokesperson said. Mora was arrested for an outstanding felony warrant, the spokesperson said.

Both were booked into custody at the Vista Detention Facility.


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