A 22-year-old man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly driving a stolen vehicle into oncoming traffic in an attempt to evade law enforcement.
According to Pleasanton police, the arrest stemmed from an incident that began around 10:30 a.m., when an officer patrolling the parking lot of the Wal-Mart at 3112 Santa Rita Road noticed a suspicious vehicle that had been reported stolen.
Within a few minutes, the officer observed four individuals walk toward the car, get in and drive off. As the car turned north onto Santa Rita Road, the officer initiated a traffic stop but the driver did not comply and continued north at a high rate of speed, according to a statement from Sgt. Erik Silacci.
As the car approached Pimlico Drive, it drove across the center median and into oncoming traffic on the eastbound I-580 off ramp. That prompted Pleasanton police officers to end their pursuit of the car out of public safety concerns, Silacci said.
The car drove approximately a quarter mile the wrong direction on I-580 before stopping on the shoulder. All four occupants then got out of the car and began running toward Rosewood Drive, according to police.
Officers responded and immediately detained three of the car's occupants, all of whom were juveniles. The fourth outstanding suspect, 22-year-old Roberto Razo, was seen running into a storage facility in the area.
Officers set up a perimeter and used a police K-9 unit to locate Razo hiding in the facility. He was arrested without further incident for possession of a stolen vehicle, evading a police officer while driving into opposite traffic, resisting arrest and child endangerment, Silacci said.