SUNNYVALE -- Two men suspected of robbing a convenience store in Sunnyvale led police on a high-speed pursuit Monday night that ended when their vehicle crashed into a chain link fence in Morgan Hill.

One of the men was arrested, but the other is still at large, according to authorities.

The pursuit began when a Sunnyvale police officer tried to pull over a suspicious vehicle near Arques and America avenues, according to Capt. Dave Pitts. The driver of the vehicle ignored the red lights of the patrol officer's car and fled.

A few minutes later, Sunnyvale public safety dispatchers received a 911 call of an armed robbery at a convenience store at 396 North Fair Oaks Avenue. The vehicle description in the robbery matched that of the car that was evading police.

The male driver and a male passenger fled south on Highway 101 at a high rate of speed, according to Sunnyvale police. Officers from Sunnyvale, the California Highway Patrol, San Jose police and Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office pursued the suspects to Tennant Avenue, where they lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a chain link fence.

Both suspects quickly got out of the vehicle and fled on foot to a nearby field. Officers from all the agencies involved were joined by Morgan Hill police in setting up a perimeter around the field.

One suspect, a man from Mountain View, was taken into custody within minutes of the car crash. Police did not release the man's name, or provide information on his booking charges.


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The second suspect was not located, despite an extensive search of the field and a nearby medical building.

The store clerk was not injured during the robbery.

The case is under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety at 408-730-7110.

Contact Mark Gomez at 408-920-5869. Follow him on Twitter @MarkMgomez.