A car fleeing from a Danville police unit and a sheriff’s deputy in the Danville area hopped onto southbound Interstate 680 at 12:20 p.m. Thursday and, after accelerating away at speeds well in excess of 100mph – collided with another car near the Sycamore Valley exit.
The occupants of the wanted Chrysler 300 were treated for injuries suffered in the accident and as well as for injuries one of the pair suffered while attempting to flee on foot after the crash.
Danville Police Chief Allan Shields said both men, identified as 31-year-old Alonzo Choyce of Oakland, the driver, and Bryan Clark, 32, of Castro Valley, face multiple charges of probation violation, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Choyce faces additional charges of felony hit and run and evading arrest as he was behind the wheel at the time.
Shields credited an observant citizen with spotting one of the men and giving police a detailed description of his car as it lingered in the area of the car wash at the Chevron station on Hartz Avenue around 12:10 p.m.
“He was able to give a detailed, articulate description of the car and one of our cars was able to locate the Chrysler almost immediately,” Shields said. “The driver turned onto northbound Hartz Avenue and sped away at 90 mph, our officer terminating any pursuit due to speed.”
A description of the car was broadcast, Shields said, and a county sheriff’s deputy noted its description as the Chrysler apparently got onto southbound Interstate 680 at Stone Valley with the sheriff’s deputy, joined by the original Danville PD car, falling in behind.
Shields said the Chrysler pulled away from police with a burst of speed estimated at more than 100 mph and appeared to be attempting to pass a Cadillac traveling in the fast lane when it clipped the Cadillac and impacted with the center median at Sycamore Valley.
“Both the driver and passenger flee the crash on foot,” Shields said. “But both were quickly detained.”
Of the two people in the unfortunate Cadillac one was treated for minor injuries, according to Shields. Both Choyce and Clark were also treated before they were transferred to the Martinez Detention Facility for booking.
The California Highway Patrol promptly shut down part of the freeway immediately after the crash with the resulting tie-up stalling traffic until early afternoon.