A steady succession of blazing-fast chases and Thunder Runs continued in the 24/680 Monday after a car fleeing police crashed in Orinda – with the occupants picked up by the driver of a second car before taking off at high speed a second time.
Things kicked off at around 11:30 a.m. after Pleasant Hill police fell in behind a grey Toyota on southbound I-680, tailing the car onto Highway 24 where the chase quickly reached speeds of 100 mph and police apparently opted out of the pursuit out of concern for public safety.
Motorists reported that the Toyota crashed at high speed further along the freeway, spinning out just east of Orinda and coming to rest on a hillside. Two women reportedly exited the car and got into a second car, described by passersby as possibly a black Infiniti, with the driver of the second car helping one of the occupants – who had apparently been injured in the crash – into the waiting getaway car.
The second car again reportedly left the area at high speed and was believed to have made it onto southbound Highway 13. It was not immediately known what sparked the initial segment of the chase.
No police officers or other motorists were injured.