Suspect eludes CHP in chase that ran through Tri-Valley


California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers pursued a suspect from Merced to Oakland, including on the freeway through the Tri-Valley, on Wednesday night but the suspect ultimately got away and is still at large, a CHP spokesman said.

At 6:40 p.m. Wednesday, Merced police asked the CHP for assistance in pursuing a vehicle that allegedly was involved in a felony assault, CHP Officer Matt Hamer said.

Officers from the CHP's Merced-area office chased the suspect vehicle through numerous areas and Oakland-area officers picked up the chase just east of the Caldecott Tunnel at about 8 p.m., according to Hamer.

The vehicle took the 27th Avenue exit off Interstate 980 in Oakland and officers pursued him on Oakland streets but eventually lost sight of him and terminated the pursuit, Hamer said.

— Bay City News Service


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Posted by C'mon
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Mar 1, 2018 at 5:42 pm

This is quite an embarrassment for the CHP and OPD. With all the training and numerous hours behind the wheel driving, how can they lose the suspects? This eluded suspect will now brag about it to his buddies, and they all will be running away from the officers if they are ever being chased again!

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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Mar 1, 2018 at 7:12 pm

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Because we don't let them shoot these guys.

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 2, 2018 at 1:08 am

C'mon, you need to consider it's different on city streets. While the suspect could care less about blowing a red light at 65 mph, the officers have a duty to stop and safely clear the intersection before they can go through which gives many suspects a lead. Many pursuits result in collisions which exposes officers and departments to liability. While they can still pursue, their tactics have to change for the conditions. CHP has some of the best officers in California and the training they receive on driving is superior. Too bad there was not a helicopter available, can't outrun that or a radio.

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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Mar 2, 2018 at 8:22 am

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Controlled traffic break on freeway + spike strip + guns = less bad guys.
People need to fear running from the police more than the consequences of being caught, we encourage the reverse.

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Posted by Concerned Citizen
a resident of Downtown
on Mar 2, 2018 at 9:11 am

Let's hope the suspect is not one of those illegal immigrants running due to receiving early tip-off from the Oakland mayor about ICE raids. News agencies are reporting hundreds of the people still at large have criminal records!

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Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 2, 2018 at 10:47 am

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Let's hope the drivers aren't long time California residents whose families moved here decades ago. Those types are really scary.

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