The San Diego Police Department has apprehended a man who they say led them on a freeway pursuit. Defendant Daniel McGrath, 25 was arrested a short time later and has been booked into the Vista Jail. He is being charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance, evading police and second degree burglary. Jail records indicate his bail has been set at $50,000 but he is not currently eligible for release.
When and if that changes, McGrath would be able to hire a bondsman in Vista at a cost of 10%. The $5,000 fee he would pay to purchase a bond is non-refundable. In addition to arranging payment he would be required to attend any and all upcoming court appearances as required.
Arresting officers said the incident began early Tuesday morning when McGrath was pulled over at a location off Carlsbad Village Drive. Police say that although the defendant initially complied with the officer McGrath sped off as soon as he realized the officer was going to run a check on his drivers license.
The defendant drove his Ford sedan along a southbound shoulder of Interstate 5. Several minutes later one of his tires is reported to have struck an unknown piece of debris, causing it to come off. He kept driving on his rim, officers said, but eventually came to a stop on Avocado Street.
McGrath then led officers on a foot chase on Grandview Street in an attempt to evade capture. He was tazed after he failed to comply with commands. He is scheduled to appear in court later this week to be arraigned. It is currently unclear whether the defendant had any outstanding warrants. It is also currently unclear whether he was under the influence of any controlled substances at the time he was taken into custody.