Lamorinda police responding to a call of an auto burglary underway in Moraga found themselves in a speedy pursuit Thursday after the suspected car thief hit the gas and headed for the freeway.
Neighbors – one of whom told this site she spoke with the suspected burglar shortly before things went haywire – called in a report of someone in a white Honda attempting to burglarize a car in town around 8:05 a.m. Thursday. Police located the suspect car and fell in behind it when the driver accelerated out of town, heading into Lafayette – ramming an unsuspecting motorist in the 200 block of Moraga Road.
Traffic on Moraga Road was impacted for about an hour as officers processed the accident scene at the top of the hill. It is believed the driver involved in that crash sustained minor injuries in the crash.
Meanwhile, the fugitive Honda continued speeding out Mt. Diablo Blvd. and onto westbound Highway 24 with Lafayette officers in pursuit. Another resident wrote to tell us he saw a man and woman in the car, leaving town swiftly with police cars in pursuit.
Officers pursued the Honda westbound through the Caldecott at speeds reported to be in the 70 mph range, eventually losing the car in Oakland. Police sources told NEWS24/680 that the suspected burglar, whose name was not given, was later arrested in Piedmont – and that the battered white Honda he used to visit Lamorinda had been reported stolen.
Investigators said the person was booked on suspicion of burglary and other charges in Alameda County.
Thursday’s chase punctuates a day of high-speed antics on area freeways, as well as other recent events documented on this site.