Two auto burglary suspects sustained minor injuries after a car chase that led from the Stoneridge Shopping Center onto I-580 Monday afternoon. Speeds hit 100 mph before the suspects' car crashed into the concrete center median near Castro Valley.
Rafael Gamez, 22, of Oakland and Jose Ramos, 22, of Hayward were injured when the car Gamez was driving flipped and came to rest on its roof, ending the chase. The two were taken to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley with non-life-threatening injuries, according to a police report.
The incident began at about 1:50 p.m. when police looking into an auto burglary at the mall parking lot heard from a witness who described a vehicle and two occupants possibly involved. Within 10 minutes, a second officer located the vehicle, a 1987 light green Buick LeSabre, occupied by two Hispanic males, in the west mall parking lot.
The officer tried to stop the vehicle and ordered the driver to turn off his ignition. The driver refused and fled the mall onto northbound Foothill Road; the officer gave chase and was joined by a second officer as the men headed westbound on I-580.
Gamez was booked for possession of burglary tools and evading a police officer, as well as a felony warrant for possession of stolen property and vehicle theft. Ramos was charged with possession of burglary tools. The Police Department is working to identify property in the suspects' vehicle that may have been stolen in previous burglaries, as well as investigating their involvement in Monday's auto burglary.