Crime

Man arrested after allegedly leading Grover Beach police on high-speed chase

John Vincent Soto, 60, of Tustin was arrested Monday, July 25, 2011, on suspicion of felony evading police, evading police in the opposite direction of travel, misdemeanor hit-and-run and several vehicle code violations. Original story »
John Vincent Soto, 60, of Tustin was arrested Monday, July 25, 2011, on suspicion of felony evading police, evading police in the opposite direction of travel, misdemeanor hit-and-run and several vehicle code violations. Original story »

A Tustin man was arrested by Grover Beach police Monday afternoon after allegedly fleeing from officers who tried to stop him after he drove away from a crash.

At 3:14, an officer on patrol was flagged down by witnesses who said a hit-and-run collision had just happened in the Burger King parking lot at 1773 Grand Avenue in Grover Beach.

The officer spotted the U-Haul that was associated with the collision and tried to pull over the driver, according to a press release from the Grover Beach Police Department.

The driver then fled northbound on Oak Park Boulevard and turned west onto El Camino Real, according to police. The U-Haul drove into oncoming lanes of traffic, almost hitting other vehicles.

Officers followed the U-Haul onto southbound Highway 101, where speeds reached 80 mph.

The driver of the U-Haul eventually pulled over near El Campo Road and Highway 101. The driver, John V. Soto, a 60-year-old man from Tustin, was arrested on suspicion of felony evading police, evading police in the opposite direction of travel, misdemeanor hit-and-run and several vehicle code violations.

Witnesses to the incident are asked to call Detective Stephen Ball at 473-4502.

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