NEWS24/680 readers started pinging the site shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday night when a “banana yellow” Ford Mustang apparently hit a police SUV head-on in the 1900 block of Parkside Dr. in Walnut Creek.
Police said their patrol units first responded to a vehicle versus pedestrian hit and run collision on the 200 block of Wooten Drive in which the pedestrian sustained minor injury. A witness to the hit and run attempted to confront the suspect but was nearly run over by the suspect vehicle and also sustained minor injury, according to police.
A short time later, at approximately 10:15 p.m., a Walnut Creek police officer located the suspect vehicle on Parkside Drive just west of Hillside Ave. The yellow Ford Mustang collided head-on with the patrol officer’s SUV causing significant damage to both vehicles.
Police said the suspect, later identified as Rolando Gonzalez, 33, of Walnut Creek, abandoned his vehicle and tried to hide in some nearby bushes. Several other officers responded to the area at which time Gonzales reportedly “actively” resisted their attempts to take him into custody.
Officers used tasers and a non-lethal beanbag shot gun on Gonzalez in an effort to get him to comply, they said, and a police canine was also utilized – though the animal was reportedly stabbed several times by the suspect with an unknown object.
Ultimately, officers were able to take Gonzales into custody for multiple felony charges. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries and later booked on felony Hit and Run, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Harming a Police Dog, Driving Under the Influence and Resisting Arrest.
The WCPD officer involved in the collision sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries and was also transported to the hospital. The WCPD K-9 was transported to the veterinarian to receive emergency medical care and is expected to fully recover.
WCPD requests anyone who may have witnessed any part of the above incidents to contact Detective Gabe Mauro at 925-943-5844.