Two auto burglary suspects sustained minor injuries after a car chase that led from the Stoneridge Shopping Center onto I-580 yesterday afternoon.
The chase led to speeds hitting 100 mph before the suspects' car crashed into the center median near Castro Valley.
Rafael Gamez, 22, of Oakland and Jose Ramos, 22, of Hayward were injured when the car Gamez was driving flipped into its roof, ending the chase. The two were taken to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley with non life-threatening injuries, according to the report.
Traffic on westbound I-580 and BART service were stopped for about five minutes while the two were taken into custody, although there reports of backed up traffic with two lanes blocked by Pleasanton police.
The incident began at about 1:50 p.m. Monday when police officers looking into an auto burglary at the mall parking lot heard from a witness who described a vehicle and two occupants possibly involved. Within 10 minutes, a second officer located the vehicle, a 1987 light green Buick LeSabre, occupied by two Hispanic males, in the west mall parking lot.
The officer tried to stop the vehicle and ordered the driver to turn off his ignition. The driver refused and fled the mall onto northbound Foothill Road; the officer gave chase and was joined by a second officer as the men headed westbound on I-580.
The pursuit continued through moderate traffic and at one point reached speeds of 100 mph. The California Highway Patrol was called to join the pursuit, but the chase ended with a crash when the suspects' car hit the center concrete barrier just east of the Castro Valley Boulevard exit, flipped and came to rest on its roof.
Gamez will be booked for possession of burglary tools and evading a police officer, as well as a felony warrant for possession of stolen property and vehicle theft.
Ramos will be charged with possession of burglary tools, and the Police Department is working to identify property located in the suspects' vehicle that may have been stolen in previous burglaries, as well as investigating their involvement in today's auto burglary.