Stolen Vehicle Accident on Highway 78
SAN DIEGO, CA – A man driving a stolen silver 2002 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck fled from the police and then crashed the truck. Police officers located the vehicle at 9:09 a.m. on Saturday, May 2, while the driver and a female passenger were driving near Riverside County. According to Fox 5 San Diego, the police chased the vehicle on Highway 78 until the driver lost control of the truck near Indian Oaks Road.
The driver crashed into a concrete barrier and then into the front-end of an oncoming sedan. The impact of the crash caused the car to fall 50 feet into a ravine and then catch fire. Police officers stated that the two people in the sedan sustained minor injuries, which paramedics treated on the scene. The suspect who stole the car also sustained minor injuries from the crash.
The California Highway Patrol has identified the truck driver as 26-year-old Matthew Ruiz. After the accident, the police arrested Ruiz on charges of evading police and for an active felony warrant. Ruiz is currently in custody in the Vista Jail.
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