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Pre-Dawn Police Chase Ends In Lafayette

A police chase early Wednesday ended with a crash - and an arrest - in Lafayette.

An attempt by a Martinez police officer to stop a car for traffic violations in that city triggered a pursuit when the driver sped off, Martinez police reported.

The incident got underway at 2:51 a.m., according to police, rapidly picking up speed and covering ground through Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek and ultimately ending in Lafayette after a minor crash between a police car and the suspect’s car brought the incident to a close.

A police dog cornered Leonard Covarrubias, 44, according to police. Covarrubias allegedly had a felony warrant for his arrest. A small amount of drugs and a loaded .45 caliber handgun were allegedly recovered from his car.

Covarrubias was transported to County Hospital for treatment of injuries sustained during his arrest. He was later booked into County Jail, according to Martinez police.


  1. Didn’t some television pundit suggest the police turn in their weapons and do their jobs unarmed today? Sounds like a plan to me – make sure only the dopers and criminals have weapons and everything will be fine.

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