San Ramon police officers opened fire on a car that allegedly attempted to run them down early Monday morning, police and CHP officers pursuing the fleeing vehicle south on Interstate 680 at speeds well over 100 mph.
The incident occurred at San Ramon Valley Boulevard and Crow Canyon Road shortly after midnight, with officers attempting to make contact with the driver of a grey Toyota when that car suddenly swerved in their direction as they attempted to interview the driver – at least one officer opening fire on the advancing auto.
No one was hit by gunfire and no officers were struck. One officer was reportedly being treated for a possible broken hand suffered during the incident, after briefly being dragged by the fleeing vehicle.
Some readers reported hearing the gunfire in the area shortly before police pursued the Toyota south on Interstate 680, additional units joining the chase as speeds reached more than an estimated 120mph.
Reports that the car was finally brought to a halt, possibly after it was spike stripped and perhaps after colliding with at least one police car, at the I280/Foothill Expressway in Cupertino were confirmed as police closed in – sealing off the area and attempting to take the suspect into custody.
The suspect was eventually taken into custody after a standoff with SWAT officers in Cupertino. He was later identified by San Ramon police as Sandy Lyons, 48, of Stockton.
Police said Lyons’ car had a stolen license plate and was an unreported stolen vehicle taken from an auto dealership in Oakland. Lyons was booked at the county jail.