Jeff Smith 12:30 p.m., Nov. 22
Felon fails to flee from police in La Mesa
Escape attempt leads to head-on traffic collision, homeowner confrontation after break-in attempt gone wrong
Twenty-eight year old Benjamin Nicholas Davidson of El Cajon was arrested late Tuesday night after leading La Mesa Police officers on a chase that wrecked two cars, left another driver injured, and found Davidson unsuccessfully attempting to break into an occupied home.
After police attempted to stop Davidson’s Saab for speeding along Fuerte Drive near Interstate 8, he attempted a quick turn onto Grossmont Drive to elude officers, but instead was involved in a head-on collision with a Ford F-150 pickup.
Fleeing the crash scene on foot, Davidson ran to a residence on the 9300 block of Wister Drive, breaking a window to gain access in a further attempt to escape the police. Once inside, however, he was confronted by the home’s owners, who threw him out the front door of the home and into the custody of arriving officers.
The driver of the truck complained of head pain and was taken by paramedics to a local hospital. Davidson suffered lacerations to his hands and legs while entering the home through a broken window and was treated for his injuries before being booked into jail. The homeowners escaped the situation unscathed.
Davidson, who already had an outstanding felony warrant for parole violation, was also booked on new charges of hit and run, residential burglary, possession of heroin, and resisting a police officer.
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