In a busy night, early morning for police in the 24/680 – the operator of a car reported stolen in Martinez led Lafayette police in a not-so-merry chase across hill and dale and wrong way down the freeway before the pursuit was called off out of concern for public safety.
Hours after we reported an erratic high-speed chase and capture in Livermore, an officer on Deer Hill Road near the Lafayette BART station spotted two cars he felt were acting suspiciously and fell in behind them to get a closer look at 2:45 a.m.
Lafayette Police Chief Eric Christensen said the officer ran the plates for both cars and that one came back as having been stolen in Martinez a few short hours earlier.
The officer kept the cars in sight and called for help, with officers from Orinda and Moraga answering the call, when the stolen car made a U-turn at Mt. Diablo Blvd. and Moraga Road, according to Christensen.
A pursuit was initiated with the suspect car traveling north on Oak Hill to the westbound Highway 24 on-ramp, the driver cutting across the on-ramp to the off-ramp and driving eastbound in the westbound lanes in an attempt to dissuade officers from following.
Police said the car made it to the Pleasant Hill exit, jumping the raised median and driving on the eastbound off-ramp in the westbound direction, at which time police terminated their pursuit.
The car was not recovered, and no injuries were reported as a result of the chase.