Driver leads CHP on multi-county, high-speed chase

Starts near Sacramento, ends near there after stolen car zips through Oakland, Castro Valley, Pleasanton

The California Highway Patrol arrested a man Saturday night after he led officers from several counties on a high-speed chase for nearly two hours, according to a CHP sergeant.

The chase began in Solano County and ended outside Sacramento, CHP Sgt. William Bradshaw said. The driver reached speeds of 120 mph and drove through areas of light traffic, but no injuries or damage were reported.

"It went very smoothly," Bradshaw said of the chase.

At about 7:45 p.m., police in Fairfield spotted a stolen Buick on Woolner Avenue, Bradshaw said. The car had been stolen in Sacramento, and the driver refused to pull over when officers tried to stop him. He fled from police and drove onto westbound Interstate Highway 80. Solano County CHP officers pursued him as he drove through Vallejo and crossed the Carquinez Bridge into Contra Costa County, Bradshaw said.

Contra Costa County CHP officers then picked up the chase and followed the driver into Berkeley, where Oakland CHP officers took over. The driver exited Interstate Highway 980 at 18th Street, circled back onto Highway 980 going the opposite direction, and drove east on Highway 580.

Oakland CHP officers followed the driver east until Castro Valley officers picked up the chase. They followed him to Pleasanton and over the Altamont Pass. CHP officers in Tracy and Stockton also pursued the driver as he continued into the Central Valley and turned north on Interstate Highway 5, Bradshaw said. Finally the driver ran out of gas and came to a stop on Harbor Point Drive in Elk Grove, just south of Sacramento.

He was arrested without incident at about 9:30 p.m., Bradshaw said. A CHP helicopter also followed the driver beginning on Highway 580 and ending with his arrest.

Janna Brancolini, Bay City News

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Bordeaux Estates
on May 2, 2010 at 3:16 pm

The world sucks when you're dumb. Now this guy will get charged with two different counts instead of just one. Honestly, how did he think it was going to end?

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Posted by Susan
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on May 4, 2010 at 8:47 am

Was wondering what happened with this.....I just got onto the freeway - 580 in Oakland off of High St Sat night and saw lights flashing behind me somewhat far behind still. I pulled out of the fast lane. Then a light came over me, the helecopter. Kind-of got scared for a moment. Next a white vehicle came whizzing by with about 8 to 10 highway patrol following. They were going very fast and were out-of-sight with-in minutes. 120 mph sounds about right. I kept imagning a wreck on the side of the road at any turn. Never caught up to them.

Not sure what people are thinking. Do they really think they can get away?? Crazy!

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on May 4, 2010 at 9:37 am

were the speeders of the American Race or something else?

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