A suspect who fled the scene of a two-car crash on Stoneridge Drive was captured and arrested shortly after by Pleasanton police on Thursday afternoon.
An alert for a stolen truck out of East Palo Alto was received by Pleasanton Police Department dispatch about ten minutes before the arrest, which took place at approximately 2:30 p.m. The vehicle was spotted traveling westbound on Bernal Avenue approaching I-680, and, according to PPD, "when officers initiated a traffic stop, the driver refused to pull over and sped onto northbound I-680."
Officers then pursued the suspect, who "began driving recklessly on the right shoulder," until ending the chase around the area of West Las Positas Boulevard. Upon exiting at Stoneridge Drive, officers saw the stolen vehicle, which had been involved in a collision. The suspect fled the scene but was "quickly found" hiding in the bushes at a nearby Park & Ride parking lot.
The suspect, 30-year-old Sophia Ornelas from San Jose, was later booked at Santa Rita Jail for being in possession of a stolen vehicle, felony evading, and felony hit-and-run. None of the occupants in the other vehicle were seriously injured.
The California Highway Patrol is investigating the collision, per PPD's policy. Anyone with information is asked to call 931-5100.
In other news
** The Alameda County Deputy Sheriff's Association announced a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the killer of an Alameda County Sheriff's Department recruit.
David V. Nguyen, 28, was shot and killed near the Bay Bridge Toll Plaza in Oakland while driving home from work on Jan. 4. A member of the Sheriff's Department 172nd academy class, Nguyen was also set to graduate next month from City College of San Francisco, where he was an administration of justice student.
ACSO told local media outlets that Nguyen was killed for "no apparent reason." A motive for the crime has not been discovered.
As of Tuesday, more than $67,300 has been raised on a GoFundMe page set up by family and friends of Nguyen. Anyone with information about Nguyen's murder is asked to contact the California Highway Patrol Golden Gate Division.
** With fewer notable local crimes in recent weeks, Tri-Valley law enforcement agencies have had more time to connect with their communities in a variety of ways.
On Monday, the Pleasanton Police Department posted on social media that their members recently spent one early morning touring a Pleasanton Unified School District site, where they learned about ongoing construction.
PPD said, "In public safety, the learning never stops," and added, "in case there are any calls from the schools, our staff is better prepared and ready to help keep you safe."
Livermore police also helped cover graffiti with a fresh coat of paint near North P and Chestnut streets and the North P Street underpass earlier this month as part of their "team effort helping beautify the city," according to a social media post on Tuesday.
The Livermore Police Department is encouraging residents to report graffiti in their area by calling the graffiti hotline at 960-8060.
** Former television news reporter Azenith Smith recently joined the Livermore Police Department communications team, following a seven-year run reporting in the South Bay for KTVU Fox 2 News.
Sgt. Steve Goard made the announcement in a video posted to social media on Jan. 5. In addition to handling media inquiries, Smith said she will also manage the department's social media accounts and take part in community engagement programs.
"You'll most likely see me out in the community and, if you do, come and say hi," Smith said. "I can't wait to meet everybody and I'm really very excited about this new opportunity."
Originally from Milpitas, Smith has lived in Livermore for five years.