Lafayette police and California Highway Patrol officers say they have arrested a carload of people who allegedly fled from CHP officers at around 6:30 p.m. Monday, leading officers to the end of Springhill road before abandoning their car.
CHP Information Officer John Fransen said Tuesday that one of his colleagues attempted to stop a late model Ford Mustang traveling at a high rate of speed on Highway 24 around 6:05 p.m. Monday when the driver allegedly decided not to yield to the officer’s lights and siren.
The Ford exited the freeway in Lafayette and sped up Pleasant Hill Road with officers close behind. NEWS24-680 readers described the car as having a flat tire and trailing a bumper when they saw it near Acalanes High School.
Fransen said the three occupants of the car bailed out and fled after the driver brought the Mustang to a halt at the end of Springhill Road. Police located the trio at the bottom of a creek bed in the area.
Lafayette Police Chief Eric Christensen said the jouncing, bumper-denting chase was the end result of a “CHP pursuit that came into town.”
“They asked for help so we went,” Christensen reported.