A masked man who reportedly attracted the attention of the law by spitting at a crew of tree-cutters and hurling abuse at others in Lafayette teased a pursuing convoy of law enforcement officers into a lurching, slow-speed chase that lasted most of the afternoon and ended when his truck was spike-stripped in Pleasant Hill Thursday.
The reason for the strange behavior and curlicue chase remains unknown as this is written, police apparently unwilling to commit to a full-blown pursuit of a suspected spitter, but various agencies engaging with the suspect and his Toyota Tacoma as it surfaced in their areas – the driver taunting police with gestures and allegedly aggressive driving tactics.
The… uh, semi-pursuit found its way from the Lafayette Reservoir shortly after noon and on into Orinda, El Sobrante, Martinez and unincorporated Lafayette – back and forth on Bear Creek Road several times – and ultimately out to Pleasant Hill as the object of police attention stopped, waited for police to show interest, and then took off again on back roads and at relative low speeds.
News24/680 lensman Craig Cannon found himself in the convoy as the truck’s driver exited unincorporated Lafayette with his driver’s-side tires flattened by CHP officers, and was present when officers spiked his remaining two. The now-sizable procession crawled to a stop at Taylor Boulevard and Grayson Road, police moving in to make their arrest at around 4:45 p.m.
Cannon had a brief conversation with the focus of police attention as he limped along on tires deflated by police spike strips.
The driver has not been identified and it may take some time to sort out the agency with jurisdiction – but the afternoon’s antics sure got our attention.