A man, apparently wanted by Oakland police for a carjacking in their city and apparently driving without benefit of clothing, led a convoy of police on a bizarre chase through the 24/680 and on into Antioch Sunday.
The unidentified subject was eventually cornered on a residential street in Antioch, surrounded by police and slowly, we are told, putting his clothes back on while police SWAT negotiators attempt to talk him out of the car.
At approximately 4 p.m. SWAT officers fired tear gas rounds into the car, according to East County Times Publisher Mike Burkholder, who was nearby.
“We were watching the car when the windows just shattered and dropped away,” Burkholder said. “And it was clear they had fired tear gas into the car.”
Reports that the man was armed with a knife and possibly driving while under the influence could not, obviously, be immediately confirmed.
Several readers expressed disbelief as the strange scene passed them at speeds upwards of 100 mph.
It was not known why the suspect decided to drive to Antioch. We’ll have more if information warrants, though his visit to the 24/680 was relatively brief.