Fleeing man eludes police after crash ends brief chase

31-year-old from Fremont remains at-large

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.


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Posted by Jimmy
a resident of Valley Trails
on Jan 10, 2018 at 9:04 am

It's quite puzzling how the suspect could get away. He crashed his car, so he must have suffered some form of injuries. The PPD was on his tail - how did the PPD lost him?

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Posted by Jake Waters
a resident of Birdland
on Jan 10, 2018 at 10:07 am

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Enlighten us Jimmy on how you would have handled this contact? What steps would you have taken to stop this guy or prevent him from getting away. Do you have expertise in this area?

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Posted by SafetyGirl
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 10, 2018 at 12:36 pm

Last night Tuesday,January 9Th, 2018 around 8PM. A small truck with 2 shady males came through the Fairlands condos off of Pimlico. These same People may have stolen our neighbors packages that were delivered just about 1 hour earlier. Please be aware that they may be following UPS or FED X and waiting. The fact that it is darker outside we have to be m ore cautious.We had no idea that packages were stolen until my neighbor came by and asked us If we seen any packages on his doorstep.Yes we did. Please be on the look out. Or let one another know if packages are coming to look out and maybe hold on for your neighbor and if you see some in neighborhood that looks like they do not belong they probably don't.

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Posted by community citizen
a resident of Dublin
on Jan 10, 2018 at 2:52 pm

There have been a couple of comments regarding the actions of Pleasanton Police. All we seen is the black and white print from the Pleasanton Weekly. It's very difficult to gauge the specifics of what actually occurred and how much was released to the press as it appears the the investigation is ongoing. The questions are fair and the release of information could answer what is missing.

We don't know if air support was called in and if there were delays or manpower issues. We do know this; there was a car stop for a mechanical violation, there was an officer safety concern and a pursuit occurred. We don't know if the officer was wearing a body cam or if a dash cam was going. The pursuit was initiated when the failing to comply with the officer's orders were made escalating an infraction to a misdemeanor. What is the dept. pursuit policy? At which point was there enough information to discontinue the pursuit? Was there any additional information to suggest the suspect is responsible for anything else? The event abruptly came to a stop when the suspect collided with a downed tree. All I can say is that everyone including the suspect can breath a sigh of relief that the object on the road was a tree and not a family in mini van. And in this political climate, the car stop would most certainly bring on a host of problems.

Let's look at another event, that in black and white print makes me think about the circumstances. The recent pursuit of a burglary suspect where an officer stepped out of his vehicle only to be struck by the fleeing suspect. Is that police training kicking in? Was the officer laying down a spike strip. Was ramming the suspect vehicle on the table? It's very sad the officer was injured.
We have received statements from the PIO but what's the department's supervisory staff saying about these events?

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Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown
on Jan 10, 2018 at 3:00 pm

There are some valid questions here about the details of what happened but one thing is for certain. No matter WHAT the officer did the people in this town would find fault with it. High speed chase that catches the perp? The cops endangered the rest of us by doing that. Low speed chase with the perp getting away? The cops endangered us by allowing the guy to escape. If the officer who was hit with the car had shot the suspect -- which I think would have been a good outcome as it ends up -- you people would say the officer should have just shot him in the foot so the guy couldn't drive anymore.

There are details that most of us will never know, and probably have no need to know. Satisfying the curiosity of a few who will do nothing but criticize anyway is not a priority on anyone's list.

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Posted by Angry Neighbor
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 10, 2018 at 3:06 pm

Perhaps the police have been eating too many donuts and couldn't outrun the perp.

There's a reason why the firemen are the ones doing the beefcake calendars.

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Posted by Pleasanton Police
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 10, 2018 at 9:08 pm

I appreciate our police force, I think we've handicapped them from a legal limitation. Let them shoot these criminals. I'm fed up

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Posted by urmomz
a resident of California Reflections
on Jan 11, 2018 at 7:33 am

"Perhaps the police have been eating too many donuts and couldn't outrun the perp.

There's a reason why the firemen are the ones doing the beefcake calendars. "

Because they hang out all day at the fire station working out while the cops are out working for a living, lol.

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a resident of Canyon Oaks
on Jan 13, 2018 at 2:40 am

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