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Car Theft Suspect Rams Martinez PD Canine Car Friday; Loses In The End

A Martinez PD car took a hit but the rammer ended up in handcuffs Friday. Photo: Martinez PD

From Martinez PD:

At about 1:14pm Friday an MPD officer made a traffic stop on a pickup truck in the area of Robinson St. and Alhambra Avenue. The truck yielded briefly and then fled the area as the officer approached the truck. A brief pursuit followed until officers cancelled the pursuit due to the vehicle driving in the oncoming traffic lane on Alhambra Avenue.

Within moments of the pursuit’s termination, a citizen alerted a K9 officer in the area of the truck’s location. As the K9 officer arrived at the vehicle, the suspect rammed the K9 officer’s patrol vehicle with the officer and canine still inside. Officers were able to apprehend the suspect, and luckily, nobody was injured.

The suspect was identified as Daniel Gillaspy, 34 years old, out of Antioch. The vehicle Gillaspy was driving had been previously reported stolen. Gillaspy was booked into the Martinez Detention Facility.

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