Another Lamorinda police officer relied on his training and instinct to make an arrest and, in the process, take another gun and a quantity of drugs off the street Thursday.
Lafayette Police Chief Eric Christensen said one of his motorcycle officers spotted a car and the driver of that car acting suspiciously at 11:31 a.m., the operator speeding away “at a high rate of speed” at first sight of the officer, according to the chief.
The motorcycle officer turned and attempted to catch up, once again falling behind as the driver accelerated in an effort to lose police. Chief Christensen said his officer continued a search of the area and found the car and driver in the BART parking lot adjacent to Oak Hill Road – the driver continuing his efforts to get away.
Christensen said his officer called for assistance and was able to stop the car but “felt unsafe about making the approach” and ordered the driver to place his hands out the window of his car.
“The driver is taken out of the car and found to have a loaded handgun in his waistband,” Christensen told NEWS24/680. “The driver is detained and found to be in the possession of a variety of controlled substances.”
Police arrested 29-year-old Derek Bradshaw of Pacheco, booking Bradshaw at the county jail for possessing a loaded firearm and possession of a controlled substance.