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Posted: 10:17 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, 2012
KTVU.com and wires
SAN FRANCISCO —
A brief police chase in San Francisco Wednesday night ended with a crash that sent two people to the hospital, a police officer said.
A plainclothes police car noticed a vehicle driving in the city's South of Market neighborhood at around 9 p.m. that was suspicious and driving erratically, Officer Albie Esparza said.
The plainclothes police following the car and called for a marked patrol car to make a traffic stop. But when the patrol car arrived and attempted to pull the suspicious car over, the driver fled.
The police car started to chase the fleeing car, but at Eighth and Brannan streets police concluded it was unsafe to continue the pursuit and broke off.
The car continued fleeing on Brannan Street, turning north on Sixth Street and colliding with another vehicle there.
The two occupants of the other vehicle were extricated and taken to a hospital with unknown injuries, Esparza said.
The suspect got out of his car and fled on foot. Witnesses reported the man was possibly armed with a weapon as he was holding his waistband as he got out of the car and ran.
That suspect, a man in his 20s, was taken into custody about a block away from the crash scene. Police searched the area but did not find a weapon.
The intersection at Sixth and Brannan streets was temporarily closed while authorities searched the area and cleaned up after the collision.
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