A car stolen early Tuesday morning in Lafayette touched off a police pursuit and widespread search after crashing near Glenside Circle and Reliez Station Road. At least two occupants attempted to flee into the surrounding neighborhood, possibly leaving a gun behind in the vehicle.
Officers detained a woman shortly after the 7:30am chase and crash. She was treated at the scene for minor injuries suffered during the collision.
Dust from the collision had hardly settled before officers from throughout Lamorinda saturated the area of Reliez Station at Diane as neighbors reported seeing two men running through yards in the area. One suspect was detained at gunpoint while attempting to ride out of the police cordon on a bicycle and nervous neighbors phoned in more reports.
A search for a possible third suspect was called off at about 8:05 a.m.
Lamorinda police were apparently in Lafayette searching for at least two cars reported stolen in the area either overnight or in the early morning hours.
UPDATE: The following was provided by police at 9:21 p.m.:
This morning at about 7:06, Lafayette police were dispatched to a report of a stolen vehicle that occurred in Lafayette.
During a search for the vehicle, an officer spotted it in the area of St. Mary’s Road and Las Huertas Road. The vehicle immediately accelerated at a high rate of speed, leading the officer on a pursuit.
The vehicle continued on Glenside Drive and collided into a Lafayette police car at the intersection with Reliez Station Road. The three occupants fled on foot from the vehicle. A firearm was later located in the vehicle.
Two of the three, including the driver, were taken into custody. They were later booked into the Martinez Detention Facility on charges that include stolen automobile and felony evading. They are identified as 21-year-old Yesabella Davis of Oakland and 28-year-old Omar Martinez of Oakland.
The investigation is ongoing. The suspects are believed to be connected to several stolen vehicles in Lafayette and Moraga this morning.