Whenever you take the wheel in San Diego, you know there are certain risks involved. Between your own driving, that of your fellow travelers, and pedestrians who also have places to go, there are a lot of variables to consider. Of course, most of us never think a high speed chase ending in a crash will be in the cards. Obviously, no one has plans to take part in one on their own, but it’s also extremely rare to see first-hand. Nonetheless, they do happen, meaning someone else’s reckless behavior could affect you or your passengers in the blink of an eye.

I-5 was recently the scene of a high-speed chase, one that would eventually end in a violent crash. The chase began with a simple traffic stop in San Juan Capistrano this past Monday, July 21st. Orange County sheriff’s deputies attempted to pull over a Chrysler PT Cruiser after they observed the driver was speeding.

The driver, whose name is currently being withheld, refused to pull over, and instead took off south on the freeway. At times, the vehicle exceeded speeds of 100 mph.

California Highway Patrol eventually took over the pursuit somewhere around El Camino Real in San Clemente. Finally, though, the driver crashed his PT Cruiser convertible into another car before running into a guardrail located just outside of Encinitas.

Police immediately arrested the man on suspicion of reckless driving and speeding. He was then escorted to a hospital for treatment of some cuts he received during the accident and other injuries that were said to be moderate in their severity.

Again, while this is a rare situation that none of us would ever plan on being a part of, sometimes it’s not up to us. Some innocent driver was heading south on I-5 that day before a reckless driver collided with them. This is why it’s also important to have the contact information for a personal injury lawyer handy at all times.