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Canadian Tackles Suspect Fleeing from Carlsbad Police

Carlsbad CA— This morning, February 19 at 11:15 a.m.  a Carlsbad Police Officer stopped a black Hyundai Genesis for expired registration at the intersection of Palomar Airport Road and El Camino Real in the city of Carlsbad.  The driver of the vehicle identified himself with a California Identification Card as Nicholas Alvarez, a 22-year-old male from Carlsbad.

Alvarez then fled the scene of the traffic stop heading east bound on Palomar Airport Road.  Another Carlsbad Police Officer observed the vehicle south bound on El Fuerte Street from Palomar Airport Road but was unable to safely get across the intersection from the north side of the intersection to pursue the vehicle.  Several officers responded to the area and attempted to locate the vehicle.

At about 11:38 a.m. a Carlsbad Police Officer located the vehicle traveling south bound on Alicante Road near Alga Norte Community Park.  The officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop of the vehicle by activing his overhead emergency lights and siren.  The vehicle sped southbound on Alicante Road towards Poinsettia Lane.

The vehicle attempted to make a right turn and head west bound on Poinsettia Lane.  The vehicle was unable to make the turn and collided with the center-divide on Poinsettia Lane west of Alicante Road, disabling the vehicle.  The driver of the vehicle fled on foot and was pursued on foot by the officer.

A 43-year-old male from Alberta Canada observed the officer in foot pursuit of the suspect and tackled the suspect.  The driver was subsequently taken into custody by the officer.

The driver was again identified as Nicholas Alvarez.  He was arrested and booked into Vista Jail for evading a police officer, resisting a police officer, hit-and-run and driving on a suspended driver’s license.