A suspected burglar attempting to elude Walnut Creek police sped away from officers, crashed into fencing bordering BART property at Jones and Walden roads and had to be physically subdued before he was taken into custody, according to police.
Joel Steffensen, whose age and hometown was not immediately provided, is currently in custody and receiving medical attention for injuries suffered in the crash, police said. He will be transferred to the county jail once he is cleared by doctors.
Officers said the incident begin the midst of a the morning commute as they responded to a report of a residential burglary in progress at a home in the 2700 block of Walnut Blvd.
Officers arriving on the scene encountered a man later identified as Steffensen, who fled from them in a nearby car, and who reportedly collided with another car as he fled north on Walnut Blvd.
The collision caused minor damage to the opposing vehicle but no injury to its driver, according to police.
Steffensen passed a Contra Costa Sheriff’s patrol car during the chase and deputies joined the pursuit, Steffensen’s car crashing into a fence on BART property.
Pursuing deputies and WCPD officers reportedly found the suspect hiding a short distance away and engaged in a short foot pursuit. Steffensen was taken into custody after a brief struggle, according to police.
Steffensen was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries he sustained in the collision. Police said he was on parole and placed under arrest for multiple charges.
The morning BART commute was significantly impacted as transit officials worked to remove Steffensen’s damaged car from their property.