Officers from Oakland to Pleasant Hill fell in behind a man driving a black Mercedes SUV at high speed along Highway 24 and into a residential area Thursday, swerving to avoid the suspect when he allegedly attempted to ram them and finally bringing him to a halt outside his home in Pleasant Hill.
Oakland CHP officers said the chase kicked off at 8:50 p.m. when they attempted to stop the Mercedes for tailgating another car on eastbound Highway 24 at Broadway. They said the driver, later identified as Salvador Cierra, 52, refused to pull over and instead accelerated onto Highway 24 before exiting at Pleasant Hill Road.
At Taylor Blvd and Apollo in Pleasant Hill, Cierra allegedly rammed a CHP patrol car and continued fleeing, according to officers, while at least two helicopters orbited above the scene.
Several NEWS24/680 readers contacted this site as the “caravan” of police cars – led by the Mercedes – sped up Morello Avenue and eventually onto the 300 block of Skander Lane, where Cierra stopped his car and allegedly attempted to flee on foot.
A CHP canine was deployed and bit the fleeing man, according to officers. Cierra was arrested and then transported to a local hospital for treatment of his dog bite. He was booked on charges including felony evading police and assault with a deadly weapon – the Mercedes, as well as an added charge of DUI.
His car had to be towed from the scene.
Despite the speeds and evasive maneuvers, no bystanders or police were believed injured in the chase.