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UPDATE: Two arrested on multiple felony charges following pursuit on Interstate 15 ending in crash at State Route 76

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014
Issue 26, Volume 18.
Debbie Ramsey
Managing Editor

***This story was updated on Wed., June 25 at 9 a.m. with more concise information now available from authorities.

A man and woman were arrested by law enforcement officials Tuesday afternoon, June 24, after they led officers on a chase up and down Interstate 15 that resulted in an overturn crash at State Route 76. Both suspects are now being held without bail in the Vista Jail. The man is being held on 10 felony and 2 misdemeanor counts, and the woman on 6 felony and 3 misdemeanor charges.

The incident began at about 3:21 p.m. when the driver of a black Dodge Durango ran a red light and almost collilded into a Sheriff's patrol car from the San Marcos station at Nordahl Road and El Norte Parkway in Escondido.

When the deputy tried to pull the driver over, "The driver failed to yield and was pursued southbound on Interstate 15," said Sheriff's Deputy Michael Duong.

"There was a lot of dope, drugs in the car," said Sheriff's Lt. Lisk from the communications center.

"The vehicle eventually exited the freeway at Via Rancho Parkway and entered the parking lot at North County Fair," he said. "As the deputy continued to pursue the vehicle, the driver crashed through a chain link fence, drove up an embankment and re-entered the freeway."

"As the suspect vehicle returned to the freeway, the passenger threw an unloaded firearm from the car," said Duong. "CHP units were requested and assisted in the pursuit, following the vehicle onto northbound Interstate 15 to State Route 76." In addition, the Sheriff's Dept. launched the ASTREA helicopter to aid in the apprehension.

Duong said the driver of the Durango exited onto the State Route 76 off ramp, then tried to execute a u-turn in Advertisement
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order to re-enter the freeway traveling the wrong direction.

"Patrol units from the CHP attempted to stop the suspect vehicle, however, as the suspect vehicle continued to evade law enforcement, the vehicle rolled over near the off ramp," said Duong.

When officers approached the car, the two suspects (one male, one female) inside were identified as Adam Heath, 35, and Tatiana Nedeljkovic, 34.

While both were taken into custody at the scene, paramedics were called to evaluate their medical condition post-crash.

"Their injuries were non-life threatening," said John Buchanan, public information officer for North County Fire. "They were both taken by ground transport to Palomar Medical Center."

Duong said another handgun was located inside the suspects' vehicle in addition to drugs and potential stolen property.

"Both suspects were booked into the Vista [Jail] on multiple felony charges and multiple felony warrants," said Duong.

According to information from the jail, the individuals have been charged with the following:

Adam Heath - Felony charges: Possession of a controlled substance, evading officers with disregard for public safety, possession of controlled substance for sale, possession of a controlled substance, transporting a controlled substance, unlicensed owner of a handgun (2 charges), and armed with a firearm (2 charges). Misdemeanor charges: Driving under the influence, reckless driving.

Tatiana Nedeljkovic - Felony charges: Possession of narcotics, transporting controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for sale, possession of a controlled substance, armed with a firearm (2 charges). Misdemeanor charges: Under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of unlawful paraphernalia, and willful cruelty to a child (could be previous outstanding warrant).

Both suspects have outstanding warrants from out-of-area agencies as well.

The Sheriff's Dept. is asking anyone that may have information about this call to call its non-emergency line at (858) 565-5200.



Comment Profile Imagecalifornia Justice is a Joke
Comment #1 | Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 at 6:23 pm
I smell a big lawsuit coming. I sure hope these people weren't hurt. Don't these cops know the war on drugs is over and that drugs won? Don't they know that the cops are now routinely being held liable (read that taxpayers) for these type injuries? Don't they know that a Riverside convicted robber got awarded $7.8 million?

They need to read this....
Comment Profile ImageJoker
Comment #2 | Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 at 8:50 pm
@Cali Justice, I hate to say this but what does your links have anything to do with this pursuit? It is a felony to drive away into a pursuit from a peace officer when they flash there emergency lights and sirens to a driver to pull over. Second, when a felon is wanted by the authorities, an officer can use deadly force if they feel their or the publics life is in danger. Seems to me that the officer that shot the armed robber did not use proper training to make a lawful judgment, that's their training academies fault. Back to the pursuit, that driver that is running away from the police are not allowed to sue because they choose to evade the law and put someone else's life (passenger) and public in danger. Illegal behavior will always leads to the judicial system to protect the lives of the innocent public. I bet your glad he didn't kill any of your family members by smashing into them. Otherwise you probably would have a different opinion.
Comment Profile Imagewizard of fallbrook
Comment #3 | Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014 at 3:46 am
Really.... Your www. read this guy.....drugs are stilling killing America...
Comment Profile ImagePreston
Comment #4 | Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014 at 7:31 am
@california Justice is a Joke
Apparently, you did not read the article -- There will be no lawsuit, just some jail time for dummies.
Comment Profile ImageOmen
Comment #5 | Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014 at 11:35 am
Luckily No Innocent People Were Hurt By These Dummies. Ummmm @California justice is a joke... you wouldn't be saying that if one of your Relatives was Killed Or Injured by these people would you?
Comment Profile ImageZZZ
Comment #6 | Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014 at 1:28 pm
I was going north on I-15 when 10 high speed CHP's went flying by me. I'm glad to know what was going on-Thank you VN

...and to Law Enforcement--for getting the druggies off the freeways-as if they thought for a moment they weren't going to be caught...drugs and money impair the mind.
Comment Profile ImageMe
Comment #7 | Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 at 11:33 am

Always fascinates me that police always complain that they're understaffed if you happen to need them......but get a high-speed chase going and they come out of the woodwork.

SDPD are the worse for complaining about staffing...yet a few years ago a high-speed chase went by me outside of PB.....I counted no less than TWENTY-THREE units chasing the vehicle.

Later it was determined that he wasn't any big time felon...just didn't want to stop....
Comment Profile ImageSAR
Comment #8 | Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 at 12:30 pm
All I can say is, they call it "dope" for a reason.

I'm not sure what the law reads, but I remember the North Hollywood shoot out where the two crooks were killed. If my memory serves me right, their family did file a suit. It probably got thrown out, but there was a law suit none-the-less.

I, for one, think that's a pretty stupid suit...if there is a crime being committed, such as the "dope" trying to evade here, there should be no chance for a law suit, period.
Comment Profile Imagerussian
Comment #9 | Friday, Jun 27, 2014 at 4:57 am
I personally know Adam and Tatiana they are good people except stuff happens all I have to say.
Comment Profile Imagepaullywog
Comment #10 | Friday, Jun 27, 2014 at 6:28 am
Those 2 were probably working for "Obama for America" and they will be out soon or working in the White House soon!!!LOL
Comment Profile ImageGlass man
Comment #11 | Friday, Jun 27, 2014 at 12:50 pm
Hatred gets all of us no where. Break the law you will pay.
Comment Profile ImagePreston
Comment #12 | Sunday, Jun 29, 2014 at 7:24 am
I recommend you do a little up-grading (of your friends) because sometimes "stuff happens" can rub off on you -- just saying.
Comment Profile Imagewhoop whoop
Comment #13 | Monday, Jun 30, 2014 at 12:29 pm
Lock em away!

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