Friday, September 14, 2012

2012-09-14 "Vallejo police fire shot at end of high-speed chase; Two arrested after Vallejo to Pleasant Hill pursuit"

by "Vallejo Times-Herald Staff" and "Bay City News Service" []:
PLEASANT HILL - A high-speed chase from Vallejo to Pleasant Hill ended Thursday night in front of an elementary school where Vallejo police fired at a suspect, according to reports.
Two men, who were apparently wanted on weapons and drug charges were arrested.
The chase began about 7:45 p.m. at Lincoln Road East and Magazine Street when officers attempted to pull over a truck containing two men that detectives identified as part of an investigation, Sgt. Kelly Schroeder said.
During the pursuit, speeds in excess of 100 mph were reached as drivers flew over the Benicia Martinez Bridge and on and off I-680.
Vallejo Police Lt. Joel Salinas said a local law enforcement task force asked officers to track down and detain the suspects, an action which apparently triggered the chase.
The driver sped off, Schroeder said, and pulled onto Interstate 780. The suspects may have discarded evidence later found to be drugs along I-780 and also along surface streets in Concord when the vehicle briefly left the freeway there, Schroeder said.
Police continued pursuing the suspects after the vehicle got back onto I-680 and exited again at Monument Boulevard.
The driver then turned onto Lisa Lane, which dead-ends at a roundabout in front of Pleasant Hill's Fair Oaks Elementary School. There, the chase ended about 8:20 p.m. when the suspects crashed into protective poles.
The driver fled and made a gesture that caused police to think he had a gun, so an officer fired one shot that did not hit the suspect, Schroeder said.
Contra Costa County police officials, reportedly helping with the pursuit, took two suspects into custody at gunpoint.
Suspect names, ages and cities of residence weren't immediately available.
Police had not discovered a gun as of around 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

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