Two men arrested after police chase, home burglaries in East County

EL CAJON, Calif. — Two men were arrested Saturday after a police chase ended in a car crash and home burglaries in El Cajon, authorities said.

Both suspects were booked into the San Diego County Central Jail and charged with suspicion of car theft, larceny in a vehicle with reckless disregard for safety and burglary of a habitation, El Cajon Police Department Lt. Will Guerin said in a statement.

The incident happened around 10:28 a.m. when police received a call of a stolen van in the area of ​​East Chase Avenue and Avocado Avenue, according to police officials. Officers stopped the vehicle, but the stolen van with two men inside drove off as officers attempted to take the suspects into custody.

The chase ended two blocks later after the stolen van hit a parked car, a residential fence, ran a red light, drove down the wrong side of the road and ended up hitting another parked car at the end of a cul-de-sac on Parkett Lane, Guerin said.

The two suspects then got out of the vehicle and ran on foot. One suspect broke into an apartment where the resident chased him away and was found in nearby bushes and arrested by the police. The driver of the stolen van was arrested after officers learned the suspect entered an open garage and stole some clothing from a residence on East Park Avenue.

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