by "Vallejo Times-Herald Staff" and "Bay City News Service"
PLEASANT HILL - A high-speed chase from
Vallejo to Pleasant Hill ended Thursday night in front of an elementary
school where Vallejo police fired at a suspect, according to reports.
Two men, who were apparently wanted on weapons and drug charges were arrested.
chase began about 7:45 p.m. at Lincoln Road East and Magazine Street
when officers attempted to pull over a truck containing two men that
detectives identified as part of an investigation, Sgt. Kelly Schroeder
During the pursuit, speeds in excess of 100 mph were
reached as drivers flew over the Benicia Martinez Bridge and on and off
Vallejo Police Lt. Joel Salinas said a local law
enforcement task force asked officers to track down and detain the
suspects, an action which apparently triggered the chase.
driver sped off, Schroeder said, and pulled onto Interstate 780. The
suspects may have discarded evidence later found to be drugs along I-780
and also along surface streets in Concord when the vehicle briefly left
the freeway there, Schroeder said.
Police continued pursuing the suspects after the vehicle got back onto I-680 and exited again at Monument Boulevard.
driver then turned onto Lisa Lane, which dead-ends at a roundabout in
front of Pleasant Hill's Fair Oaks Elementary School. There, the chase
ended about 8:20 p.m. when the suspects crashed into protective poles.
driver fled and made a gesture that caused police to think he had a
gun, so an officer fired one shot that did not hit the suspect,
Contra Costa County police officials, reportedly helping with the pursuit, took two suspects into custody at gunpoint.
Suspect names, ages and cities of residence weren't immediately available.
Police had not discovered a gun as of around 9:30 p.m. Thursday.