Police open fire on stopped suspect after 1-hour long pursuit.

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A motorist who refused to yield for a traffic stop Thursday led officers on a meandering hour-long pursuit that ended with him wounded in a fusillade of police gunfire on a Mount Hope street.

The unidentified driver, who had a female passenger with him, sped off about 8:30 a.m. when a San Diego police sergeant tried to pull him over on Grape Street in Oak Park for using a cell phone behind the wheel, SDPD public affairs Lt. Kevin Mayer said.

While chasing the 2002 Saturn sedan, police determined that it matched the description of one linked to a shooting that wounded two men in a Mountain View-area neighborhood Monday night.

The fleeing man ran stoplights while passing through parts of Paradise Hills, Bonita and National City, Mayer said. At one point, he pulled over long enough to let his companion out, then sped off again.

The suspect ran over several tire-flattening spike strips laid out in his path before finally slowing to a halt on 41st Street at Hilltop Drive.

San Diego 6 captured video images of the car stopping in the roadway with squad cars directly behind it, their sirens screaming. A moment later, a man shouted, and at least two officers opened fire, discharging about two dozen rounds in quick succession at the front and passenger side of the red sedan.

Witness Frankie Martinez described watching as the barrage of police gunfire began, then jumping onto the ground to protect himself.

"(The driver) just stopped, and they started shooting at him," Martinez told a television reporter. "Everybody started unloading on him. He got smoked. He probably did something bad for that to
happen. They didn't even give him a chance."

Medics loaded the wounded man onto a stretcher and took him to a trauma center. His identity and condition remained unavailable in the mid-afternoon, Mayer said.

Police closed lanes around the site of the shooting to accommodate the investigation.