A 42-year-old man from Chula Vista was in custody Tuesday after leading authorities on an almost three-hour pursuit through Riverside County that ended on San Bernardino County’s Cajon Pass.
The man, Fred Eugene Hiser, allegedly carjacked a Saturn sedan from a woman near F Street and Lagoon Drive in Chula Vista about 5:50 p.m. Monday.
The 56-year-old woman told Chula Vista police that she and her 75-year- old mother were walking when Hiser approached and demanded her car keys at gunpoint. She complied, then flagged down a passer-by, who followed Hiser in the stolen car while calling authorities, police said.
Officers caught up with Hiser on northbound Interstate 5 in National City and chased him to state Route 52, where the pursuit was handed over to the California Highway Patrol, police said.
The pursuit went from 90 mph to 10 mph after at least two of the Saturn’s tires were shredded by spike strips near Murrieta Hot Springs Road in Temecula.
About 8:40 p.m. on the Mojave (15) Freeway near Kenwood Avenue on the Cajon Pass, a CHP Officer used his cruiser to try and get the Saturn to spin out. Instead, it spun 180 degrees and continued on southbound on the northbound lanes of the freeway, toward oncoming traffic.
Another cruiser rammed the vehicle into the center divider, but the driver got out and ran across the southbound lanes, nearly getting struck by a big rig, with CHP officers right behind him.
After tumbling down a hillside, he put his hands up and was taken into custody on suspicion of carjacking and other charges, according to police.