Valley Avenue reopened after police chase ends in crash

Hayward transient arrested in stolen truck near Harvest Park Middle School

Pleasanton police briefly closed part of Valley Avenue Thursday afternoon after the driver of an allegedly stolen truck led officers on a high-speed chase before crashing into two other cars.

Officers arrested Christopher Mero, 35, today at 3 p.m. after he crashed a maroon truck into two other cars while driving the wrong way on Valley near the intersection of Crestline Road. No one was hurt in the crash, despite one nearly head-on collision.

Police closed Valley Avenue at the east and west sections of Northway Road as of 3:20 p.m., and the road was reopened by 4:55 p.m.

The chase started after officers received an alert to be on the lookout for a stolen vehicle in the Pleasanton area. It was reported the truck was stolen by a suspect wanted for assault with a deadly weapon and for stealing the vehicle.

Police spotted the vehicle at 2:45 p.m., and Mero sped off when officers tried to pull him over. The chase lasted several minutes, during which he drove in the wrong direction, ran through red lights and ignored stop signs.

Mero, a transient from the Hayward area, was arrested without further incident, police stated.

Video of the end of the chase is available here.

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10 people like this
Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 9, 2016 at 5:18 pm

Michael Austin is a registered user.

I am glad no one was injured and the suspect was arrested!
Good job, Pleasanton police department.
Book Him!

7 people like this
Posted by Wow
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 9, 2016 at 5:33 pm

How terrifying. This is just a jump from Harvest Park, and school gets out at 3:03. So thankful that they weren't a few minutes later.

4 people like this
Posted by Erica
a resident of Ironwood
on Jun 9, 2016 at 10:23 pm

I was involved in this. And it's terrifying to see the blank look on his face that he didn't care if he hurt anyone

3 people like this
Posted by Mike
a resident of another community
on Jun 10, 2016 at 9:14 am

Most police departments will call off the pursuit during school hours, during school days if the pursuit is heading towards a school area.

3 people like this
Posted by mike moreno
a resident of Stoneridge
on Jun 10, 2016 at 9:24 am

This is extremely dangerous. I am grateful for our strong police prescence, and I support the PPD. I beleive in profiling, and stop-and-frisk. There has been a signififcant rise in crime the the past several years, and I hope our department has these valuable tools to work with.

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