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Pursuit, Crash, Arrest Near Black Bear Diner In Danville Friday

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A second police pursuit in as many days ended with a crash and a 53-year-old Concord man detained near the Black Bear Diner in town Friday, officers using a Taser to make the arrest.
Police Chief Allan Shields said the incident began around 11:23 a.m. when police received calls from concerned residents about a reckless driver in a white Toyota Camry on El Capitan Drive near the Iron Horse Trail.

Callers reported the vehicle driving at a high rate of speed with the driver’s door open.  Officers located the vehicle a few moments later traveling north on Camino Ramon and initiated pursuit. The driver of the auto, identified as James Reidy, 53, Concord, drove the Camry into the oncoming lanes of traffic for a short distance before making a U-turn near the intersection with Sycamore Valley Road and returning south. The vehicle left the roadway, going over the curb and onto the soft shoulder and coming to a halt, police said.
Reidy refused officers commands to exit the vehicle and physically resisted officer’s attempts to handcuff him.  An officer deployed their taser to assist in subduing Reidy and he was taken into custody.  The suspect was treated at the scene for minor abrasions by San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District paramedics.
Reidy is also being sought by both the Concord Police for incidents in that city, as well as the CHP after he allegedly collided with several vehicles while on I-680. 
Reidy was booked into the Martinez Detention Facility on charges of using his vehicle to flee police, driving the wrong way while fleeing police, driving under the influence of alcohol, and probation violation. 

Chief Shields said he was pleased the officers were able to get Reidy off the street as quickly as possible, and expressed thanks for the residents who reported the reckless driving and helped direct police to the suspect in a short amount of time.
“This is another example of how the police/community partnership helps keep Danville safe,” Shields said. “The community members deserve credit for helping guide officers to the vehicle, which allowed us to bring this incident to a safe conclusion.”


  1. This is getting out of hand. Kudos to the police, who appear to be fighting an uphill battle but doing pretty well.

  2. In California criminals are more important than law abiding, middle class, taxpayers. This jerk will get a slap on the wrist and be out doing this again in a few months. The politicians running this state are corrupt and incompetent.

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