Officers with the La Mesa Police Department arrested a man early Sunday morning after a police chase in connection to two stolen vehicles.
Police Officers responded to the Lowell Street and University Avenue area around 8 a.m. to a report of a suspicious vehicle. Three men were witnessed throwing away a motorcycle and jumping into a Honda Civic. It was later discovered that both vehicles had been previously stolen.
As officers attempted to stop the vehicle, the suspects refused, which resulted in a four-mile chase. The chase came to an end when the Civic crashed into a guardrail located at Lake Aral Drive and Lake Murray Boulevard.
One suspect was arrested by officers as he attempted to flee. He has been identified as 26 year-old Boone Blankatz.
The remaining suspects have not been caught. Both men have been described as Caucasian men in their 20s. One suspect was seen wearing a white shirt; police say he is about 5 feet, 6 inches and weighs around 180 pounds. The second suspect was seen wearing a black hoodie along with black pants.
The La Mesa Police Department was assisted by San Diego Police Officers as well as a San Diego Sheriff’s helicopter during the chase.
Blankatz was booked into the San Diego County Jail on charges of possession of a stolen vehicle and an outstanding felony warrant.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call the La Mesa Police Department. Any tips may also be given to Crime Stoppers at their anonymous toll-free line at (888) 580-TIPS, or emailed to www.sdcrimestoppers.com.
San Diego Union Tribune- Man Arrested after La Mesa Car Chase