NEWS24/680’s “Mad Mike” Moran was at the switch Friday night when the Tip Line started humming and he found himself chasing a chase on Highway 24 in Orinda.
Orinda’s Chief of Police said things kicked off when one of his officers spotted a Ford speeding eastbound on the highway.
“(Our) officer saw and started to follow,” Chief Mark Nagel said Saturday. “The driver started to do the pulling over, slowing, getting off the freeway (and getting) back on… ultimately refusing to yield.”
Mike said the pursuit raced up I-680 and onto Highway 242 at speeds of 100 mph, where the Orinda officer backed off out of concern for public safety and a CHP helicopter buzzed in to keep an eye on the Ford when it stopped/crashed according to Nagel and the driver “foot bailed,” got out and ran off on foot.
“(He) tried to hide on a rooftop,” Nagel said. “The helicopter spotted him. He was captured for probation violation. No injuries or property damage.”
Our colleagues at East County Today said the roof the suspect tried to hide out on was actually his – he’d led police to his own home.