An Orinda police officer, apparently attempting to catch up to auto burglary suspects fleeing from Moraga into Orinda; lost control of his car and crashed through the brick wall of the Orinda Wells Fargo bank branch at 80 Moraga Way Thursday.
The crash was reported at 11:30 p.m., shortly after police reportedly started getting reports of a suspicious vehicle and occupants burglarizing vehicles in Moraga.
Moraga officers, watchful after similar previous calls, patrolled Moraga Way in an effort to catch sight of the suspect’s vehicle with one officer reportedly spotting a vehicle pulling away on Moraga Way. An unidentified officer, apparently trying to head off a car believed running toward Orinda, lost control of his unit while attempting to catch up, failing to make the turn and crashing into the bank.
The officer, believed to have suffered an injury to his foot, was briefly trapped in his unit before help arrived. He was transferred to John Muir Hospital for further treatment.
The car police were searching for was believed to have made it out of the area.