A high-speed pursuit of a suspected stolen car turned into a wild ride down Highways 242 and 680 Tuesday, the driver of a stolen Honda eventually crashing into a county-operated speed trailer and coming to rest in the parking lot of a business on Orchard Court in Alamo.
Bystanders reported seeing the chase reaching speeds of 85mph plus before the male driver left the freeway, knocking over a local speed trailer and bringing the car to rest in the parking lot of Aames Windows and Doors on Orchard Court before fleeing the scene on foot.
Deputies reported the afternoon incident started at about 2:55 p.m. when a deputy spotted a stolen vehicle on westbound Highway 4 at Bailey Road. The Deputy started following the vehicle, but did not attempt to stop it.
The vehicle suddenly sped away, according to a sheriff’s department spokesman, leading the Deputy on a pursuit. The Deputy terminated the pursuit because of the suspect’s reckless driving and the successful deployment of the StarChase GPS tracking technology (more on that later).
The vehicle traveled at high speeds on Highway 4, Highway 242 and I-680 for approximately 15 miles before being located a second time by Deputy Sheriffs in the area of I-680 and Stone Valley Road.
The vehicle exited Stone Valley Road leading Deputies on a pursuit again. The suspect vehicle crashed at the intersection of Danville Boulevard and Orchard Court, where it struck a Sheriff’s Office radar trailer and came to rest in the parking lot of a business.
The driver of the vehicle was taken into custody at that time. He is identified as 24-year-old Darryl Maiale, the only occupant in the vehicle, according to police.
Maiale was transported to a local hospital as a precaution. He will be booked at the Martinez Detention Facility for charges that include vehicle theft, felony evading, possession of stolen property, and resisting arrest.
I knew they never should have put us on that safest city map.
Well that was fun – NOT!
Car did not crash into the building. It actually ended up in a parking spot. No property was damaged.
Thanks, Dan, though at least one other car and that speed trailer have both seen better days!
Now that we have a plethora of hidden cameras tracking license plates and alerting police when one triggers w a stolen vehicle, will these dangerous high speed chases, leading to accidents, and sadly fatalities, become our new norm? I sure hope not. Can we NOT chase them through our small town streets, pls?
Interesting point, M, and – as it turns out – some interesting technology was deployed during this particular incident which is designed to lessen the chance of accidents of the type you mention.