A man with outstanding felony warrants who was spotted in a stolen vehicle in Pleasanton evaded police near the Valley Trails neighborhood on Wednesday, according to a department spokesman.
The suspect, identified as 28-year-old Jeremy Castleberry, was last seen in the area of Valley Trails and West Las Positas Boulevard between Interstate 680 and Hopyard Road, according to Lt. Kurt Schlehuber.
Castleberry remains at-large as of Thursday afternoon and may be armed and dangerous, according to the lieutenant. He is known to frequent the Santa Cruz area, who is wanted for several felony warrants for his arrest from Alameda County for identity theft, burglary and forgery.
"Castleberry may still be in the area and we are requesting anyone with information on
his whereabouts or see someone matching his description is encouraged to contact the Pleasanton Police Department," Schlehuber said in a statement.
Police allegedly spotted Castleberry driving a stolen white BMW X5 westbound on Stoneridge Drive at Denker Drive just after 9 a.m. Wednesday. Schlehuber confirmed on Thursday that the stolen vehicle was initially identified to police by one of the new automated license plate readers recently installed in Pleasanton.
After pursuing officers initiated a traffic stop, the suspect increased speed and drove the wrong way on the I-680 northbound off ramp continuing onto the freeway, according to Schlehuber.
It was at that point, Schlehuber said, that "officers terminated the pursuit as the vehicle drove dangerously southbound on the northbound direction of I-680." Pursuing officers lost sight of Castleberry after he got out of the BMW and ran eastbound toward South San Ramon Creek, hopping over the guardrail and escaping down the embankment into the creek.
Police conducted an "extensive two-hour search" of the area, according to Schlehuber, but cleared the perimeter by the afternoon after being unable to locate the man.
Schlehuber described Castleberry as a white man with a shaved head, who was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and carrying a large backpack.
Police advised that he may be armed and dangerous, and residents should immediately call 9-1-1 if they see someone who matches the description.