An Oakland congregation was transformed into crime fighters Sunday night when the suspect involved in a police pursuit crashed in front of the church and raced inside in an attempt to elude police.
Kevin Cole was among those attending the service when the man raced inside.
“We heard a loud thumping sound,” he told KTVU. “Then the gentleman ran inside the church and was trying to get away from the cops. Some gentlemen tackled him.”
The suspect was subdued by the parishioners until police arrived and took the suspect into custody.
The pursuit began when officers attempted to pull over a man driving an allegedly stolen car. The man raced up the street, crashing into several cars in front of the church and sheering off a fire hydrant.
It took utility crews around 30 minutes to cap the hydrant. The church received some minor water damage.
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