Two drug suspects led San Diego police on a high-speed chase during Thursday's after-work commute, at times flinging money from the windows of their pickup, police said.
The chase began south of downtown San Diego and covered surface streets and freeways, finally ending on northbound Interstate 5 near Del Mar when the truck ran over a spike strip.
The two were arrested at gunpoint. Police gathered more than $17,000 in bills spread over several miles as commuters gawked in amazement.
No one was hurt during the 45-minute drama, but traffic was snarled during the chase and arrest. Several commuters stopped their vehicles on the freeway and grabbed some of the bills, officials said.
The pursuit moved from highway to highway across the county. News crews following the pursuit spotted other drivers pulling to the side of Interstate 805 to pick up the money being tossed from the suspect's truck.
"People were jumping the median and stuffing dollar bills in their shirts," according to Cal Walker with KOGO traffic.
Finally, officers stopped the black Ford F-150 truck on northbound Interstate 5 in Del Mar Heights just before 5:30 p.m. Patrol cars shut down traffic heading north on I-5 while officers took the driver into custody and searched the car with a K-9 unit.
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Money was picked up by police officers along Interstate 805. Some of the officers held thousands of dollars worth of $100 bills.
The chase started as a narcotics stop according to the CHP. The San Diego Police Department requested that CHP help in the pursuit.