San Diego County Sheriff’s Department: Armed Suspect Search & Vehicle Chase – Rancho Santa Fe


10/28/2021 4:53 PM

On Thursday, October 28, just after 7:30 a.m., security guards employed by Rancho Santa Fe Patrol called the San Diego Sheriff’s Communications Center for assistance. They responded to a possible solo vehicle collision near a residence located in the 16000 block of Puerta Del Sol in the unincorporated area of ​​Rancho Santa Fe. Upon arrival with the fire department, they observed an adult Caucasian male, later identified as Jason Collins, 48 ​​(DDN 10/16/1973), seated in the driver’s seat of the parked vehicle with an unknown female passenger. A handgun was observed inside the vehicle. Collins, who was awakened by the firefighters’ response, told them to “come back”. Several patrollers from the North Coast Sheriff’s Station arrived and established a perimeter around the vehicle. The sheriff’s ASTREA helicopter and a sheriff’s dog unit intervened to assist. ASTREA was able to see inside the vehicle, observing that the man and woman were no longer inside.

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At this point, several residents began calling the Sheriff’s Communications Center stating that a man matching Collins’ description had been seen on their property. As MPs continued their search for Collins, a citizen living in the 16000 block of Via Del Alba reported that a man matching Collins’s description had just stolen his vehicle, a 1987 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme. A MP observed Collins exit Citizen’s Driveway in the stolen vehicle at high speed. The deputy attempted to perform a traffic stop, but Collins did not yield and continued traffic ensued.

The deputies were able to deploy a spiked tape, flattening the vehicle’s tires. The vehicle slowed down and came to a stop in the 14000 block of El Camino Real in the city of San Diego. MPs conducted a high-risk vehicle check and Collins was taken into custody without further incident. He was not in possession of a firearm and claimed that the one he had previously seen in his possession was a toy. It was later determined that the unknown woman seen with Collins earlier in the morning was his girlfriend. She was not injured and is not considered a suspect. No members of the public or sheriff’s staff were injured in this incident.

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Collins was arrested and placed in Vista Detention for Sections 459 of the California Penal Code – Burglary, 10851 (A) – Taking a Vehicle Without Owner Consent, and Section 2800.2 (A) of the California Vehicle Code – Escaping a peace officer with a deliberate disregard for public safety.

Media contact: Sergeant Luke Berhalter
Contact email address: [email protected]
Station / Unit Name and Contact Phone Number: North Coastal Sheriff’s Station (760) 966-3500

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