Pleasanton police are looking for a Fremont man after he allegedly ran away from officers after crashing his car into a fallen tree amid a brief pursuit early Tuesday morning.
Marquice McClinton, 31, remains at-large after escaping from the crash scene, and he is wanted on suspicion of felony evasion, according to Lt. Kurt Schlehuber.
The incident started near downtown around 3:20 a.m. Tuesday when a patrol officer saw a 2005 Hyundai Elantra driving on First Street with an equipment violation, Schlehuber said.
The officer stopped the Hyundai at the corner of First and Abbie streets, but the sole occupant got out of the driver's side and approached the officer with his hands hidden in his clothing, according to the lieutenant.
The man refused to show his hands, so the officer drew his firearm, leading to the suspect jumping back in his car and speeding away, according to Schlehuber.
A police pursuit ensued down First Street and onto Sunol Boulevard until the Hyundai struck an 80-foot tree that had fallen because of the rainstorm and laid across all of Sunol Boulevard, about a half-mile south of the Castlewood Drive intersection, Schlehuber said.
The man got out of the car and ran into the bushes on the side of the road, according to Schlehuber. Officers set up a perimeter and searched the area with a K-9 unit, but they were unable to find the culprit.
Subsequent investigation led to police positively identifying their suspect as McClinton, according to Schlehuber. The Fremont man was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.
Anyone with information about McClinton's whereabouts or the case can call Pleasanton police at 931-5100, referencing case No. 18-00991.