Witnesses reported a police pursuit from downtown Lafayette Wednesday evening, bystanders watching as a LPD car followed a speeding Nissan on Mt. Diablo Boulevard from Happy Valley Road and onto westbound Highway 24 at around 8:45 p.m.
It was not immediately known why police were interested in the car, its driver fleeing west on Highway 24 at speeds estimated at 100 miles per hour. Readers reported seeing the car make it into the Caldecott Tunnel and continue its flight west. Local police are believed to have called off their chase, and it was not known if Berkeley police or other jurisdictions continued the pursuit on their end.
Witnesses said the car crashed and caught fire on the College Avenue offramp. The whereabouts and custody status of the driver could not be immediately determined.