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Pursuit In Orinda As Driver Of Stolen Car Takes To Surface Streets

Photo: Jessica Grilli

California Highway Patrol officers and local police are attempting to stop a stolen Toyota RAV 4 after the driver attempted to elude officers and crashed into another car at Camino Pablo and Brookwood.

A Sheriff’s helicopter is overhead (5:45 p.m.) and orbiting the scene. Officers are closing in on the accident scene though the driver does not appear to be complying with police commands.

UPDATE: Driver in custody.


  1. Can anyone tell me why all these cars are still being stolen nowadays?
    All new cars for the last 10 years have all had interlock starter systems, locking steering wheels and transmission shifters, keys with chips in them, and built-in alarms. How are they being stolen?. Or is it still possible to crawl under the dash and just connect two wires and steal the car?

    • Yes in my case I had a home invasion in August, my car was taken and never found m, and I believe this is my car that was involved in this incident on September 28. Just waiting for the police to confirm on Monday.

      • I wonder the same thing as Greg T. How is it so easy to steal these modern, high-technology cars? In your case, did they simply steal your keys to steal your car? In any event, my sympathies for your loss and trauma.

  2. The increasing frequency of these events feel uncomfortable but subtle and then we move on. Are we going to wait until there is an innocent pedestrian or cyclist killed in a car chase to vote for change? Or a tragic car accident? We need to demand more from our elected leaders(CC County DA, State legislators passing criminal justice “reform”, etc). Our votes matter, if you feel unsafe make yours count at the ballot box.

  3. It’s amazing to me exactly how out of touch with reality so many Lamorinda residents are. You live in a huge metropolitan area and are 3.3 miles from Oakland as the crow flies. Just because you live in a bubble, insulated by money doesn’t mean you can forget about crime, homelessness and wage inequality. I guarantee crime hasn’t forgotten about you and as long as there’s wide spread homelessness, drug addiction and the crime associated with these things the more its going to encroach on your little islands of wealth (Orinda, Moraga, Lafayette, Alamo, Danville etc) I see so many posts on Nextdoor and news outlets like this about how inclusive everyone here is but when anything approaching low income housing or any other proposed solutions for the area as a whole are put forth all the lovely inclusive notions are immediately put to the side in favor of “NOT IN MY BACKYARD!!!” I’m thinking as this natural progression happens, a lot of these people are in for a very rude awakening.

    • Mark,

      There is no such thing as wage inequality. Market forces dictate how much each employee is worth per hour, there are plenty of homeless programs and no, I don’t want low income, crime prone individuals living in my neighborhood.

      Firestone 11R

        • Mr/Ms Durbing: I believe a crime-prone individual is one that is more likely than average to commit crime. Is that your question? For example, wikipedia says of the Tenderloin in SF that it is “a high-crime neighborhood, particularly violent street crime such as robbery and aggravated assault.” Unless you are suggesting it is the physical buildings creating the crime, I believe the residents there would be the ones. You could of course walk around some of the streets at night there and report back your findings but I think it would involve poverty and drug use.

          • So we would make some type of calculation about who is most likely to commit a crime (not a white collar crime though heaven forbid), likely in part based on what neighborhood they live in, and then ban them from our neighborhoods. Got it.

  4. To answer Greg T.’s question – many are stolen via carjackings. And in regards to Adam’s comment – AMEN! Stop coddling the bad guys! Support law enforcement!

    • Not every one, no. Many blaze through in the wee hours. Unless they run into something and escape into a neighborhood, there’s little reason for us to wake subscribers up.

  5. With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
    Emma Lazarus

    Not so silently or subtly, Jeff and Greg want them all out.
    Who needs poor people…?

    • David: I encourage you to write a letter to the editor about immigration so we can all discuss it instead of posting an enticing comment in a story about car theft. There are times some would like to set up a howitzer at Battery Park and take out that Statue of Liberty thing because this is not the 1800’s and we can no longer absorb the world’s issues. It seems with the homelessness we can’t even take care of ourselves. But again, in my opinion a story about stolen cars is not exactly the correct place to start that dialog.

      • “I don’t want low income, crime prone individuals living in my neighborhood.”
        I didn’t raise the issue. I was responding to some remarkable comments regarding where poor folk belong.

        • Okey Dokey, News24/680 Zebra Man stepping in to (hands on hips?) call off the jam here.

          No outright transgressions (thank you) but other users get tired of the back and forth after a bit.

          Do try a letter. Good suggestion.

          Be cool.

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