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Drug suspects toss thousands of dollars during police chase

March 19, 2009 |  9:25 pm


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 nature of the alleged drug offenses and the origin of the money was not immediately disclosed.

-- Tony Perry