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Pleasanton police officers uninjured after patrol car hit during pursuit

Collision 1 of 2 suspicious vehicle incidents Saturday morning

No officers were injured after a Pleasanton Police Department patrol car was struck during a pursuit Saturday morning.

Around 6:30 a.m., officers noticed a suspicious car parked on Amber Lane with two people inside, according to Sgt. Julie Fragomeli.

The vehicle, a 2005 Nissan Altima (7VIZ284), fit the description of a car that a resident in the area of Hamilton Way and Arlington Drive had reported to police around 4 a.m. That resident reported seeing a dark colored sedan driving slowly through the neighborhood without headlights on.

As officers approached the car on Amber Lane it fled, colliding with a patrol car, Fragomeli said. No officers were injured as a result of the collision.

Police pursued the car onto I-680 northbound, where it exited at Bernal Avenue and entered I-680 going south.

Officers ended the pursuit at I-680 and Sunol Boulevard due to high speeds and weather conditions. The Nissan was last seen driving with its headlights off on southbound I-680.

Upon further investigation, officers learned the Nissan's registered owner had earlier loaned their car to a relative living in the same residential complex as a Palo Alto man who Pleasanton police had arrested earlier that morning.

In that earlier incident, police were called out to Hamilton Way and Arlington Drive on the resident's report of a suspicious car driving through the neighborhood determined that several unlocked vehicles had been entered and rummaged through, Fragomeli said.

A short while later at 4:23 a.m., officers spotted a car in the area of Lansing Court that had its interior light on. Inside the car was a 16-year-old male and Daniel Vasquez, 25, both of Palo Alto.

Pleasanton police say Vasquez was in possession of suspected methamphetamine and initially gave a false name to officers. The owner of the car where Vasquez and the teen were found signed a citizen's arrest for prowling, and Vasquez was booked into Santa Rita Jail.

The 16-year-old was later released to his guardian with a juvenile notice to appear, Fragomeli said.

Police did not say whether these two incidents are related. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone who may have witnessed these incidents or who may have information on possible associated crimes is asked to call the Pleasanton Police Department, 931-5100.

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