Danville police pursuit ends with arrest in Pleasanton

Man fled after seen possibly casing gas station, DPD lieutenant says

Danville police arrested a Brentwood man after he allegedly led officers on a half-hour pursuit overnight Saturday.

Gregory William Franciskovich, 50, was ultimately detained near downtown Pleasanton and later booked into jail on suspicion of evading police, probation violation, possessing burglary tools and driving on a suspended license, according to Danville police Lt. Allan Shields.

The situation began just before 11:45 p.m. Saturday when someone called Danville police to report a driver who appeared to be potentially casing the 76 gas station on the 700 block of San Ramon Valley Boulevard, Shields said.

Officers responded to the area, but when they pulled up alongside the vehicle, the driver fled, according to the lieutenant.

The driver — whom police later identified as Franciskovich — failed to yield when officers tried to pull him over and led police on a chase south that went on and off Interstates 680 and 580 at erratic speeds, sometimes approaching 100 mph and other times dipping down to just over the speed limit, Shields said. The driver also ran stop signs and red lights when off the freeways, he added.

The incident ended around 12:15 a.m. Sunday on St. John Street near downtown Pleasanton when the driver stopped after turning onto the dead-end street, according to Shields.

Franciskovich was arrested at the scene, Shields said. No injuries were reported during the incident.

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