Temecula: Rancho California Rd Overpass Temporarily Closed as Police Chase & Catch Four Robbery Suspects


Temecula Police, CHP Officers and San Diego County Sheriff’s Deputies were involved in a police pursuit that ended when four men suspected of robbing a Verizon store  crashed their vehicle in Temecula. All this happened at around 11:35 am on the northbound side of Interstate 15 by the Winchester Road exit. Three of the suspects then fled on foot.

“A 4-door Hyundai Sonata was driving northbound on the freeway at a high rate of speed, weaving in and out of traffic,” said Officer Mike Lassig of the California Highway Patrol. “The driver ultimately collided into a Honda Civic on the right front side of the Civic. The suspect vehicle then continued in a northerly direction where it collided into the left side of a tractor trailer.” It was then that the men fled on foot.

The original chase started around 11 am. An off-duty San Diego Sheriffs deputy spotted a robbery at a Verizon store in San Marcos. He gave pursuit and the chase ended up in Temecula.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department also assisted in apprehending the 4 suspects. One person was hurt in the crash and was transported to a local hospital and taken into custody.

The Rancho California Road overpass was temporarily closed because of the Police activity. It was reopened after 2 pm. 

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