An apparent attempt to locate and stop a man suspected of driving a stolen car while under the influence in Moraga evolved into a police chase that reached a crescendo in Oakland after the suspect in question crashed his car, carjacked another, and stood off police while holed up inside a recreational vehicle.
Things kicked off at about 4:40 p.m. when officers sought contact with a man who appeared to be under the influence while behind the wheel of an Audi A6 sedan in the area of Sandringham Drive in Moraga. Officers saturated the area but were unable to locate the car and driver until it appeared in Lafayette, heading for the freeway.
Officers, apparently aided by an orbiting sheriff’s helicopter, followed the vehicle through the Caldecott and engaged in a testy game of cat-and-mouse when it reached Oakland, the driver allegedly ramming a trailing Moraga police car at one point before crashing, leaping out of his disabled car and commandeering another.
Officers once again picked up the pursuit, following the suspect to the area of 50th and Coliseum and establishing a perimeter when the driver abandoned the second car and dashed into a nearby RV.
The unidentified driver was eventually taken into custody at approximately 7:20 p.m.