Lafayette Police Chief Benjamin Alldritt on Tuesday confirmed our earlier account of a brief pursuit and car crash on Acalanes Road Saturday night.
Two suspects were detained after a “gray colored BMW vehicle with paper plates matching the description of the suspect vehicle seen in video surveillance 24 hours prior” fled at high speed from a Lafayette officer working auto burglary suppression downtown at 6:41 p.m. Saturday night, Alldritt wrote in response to a question from this site.
The chief said his officer attempted to stop the BMW but that its driver “immediately” drove off at high speed, driving west on Mt. Diablo Boulevard before the unidentified operator lost control of the car and crashed north of the Acalanes Road and Mt. Diablo Boulevard intersection.
Officers took one person out of the car at gunpoint while firefighters worked to extricate a second occupant briefly trapped in the wreckage. The driver, identified by police as Isaac De Jesus Chavez Ramos, 20, of Oakland, was later arrested and booked into jail, according to Alldritt, his charges stemming from the night’s pursuit and ten prior auto burglaries the department said had been reported in the last six days.