Slow-speed chase snarls early morning East Bay commute
OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) - A wild police chase that started near Menlo Park and stretched across highways and city streets on the Peninsula and East Bay came to an end early Wednesday morning in the Oakland Hills after nearly two and a half hours.
According to the California Highway Patrol the chase began in Menlo Park when an officer tried to pull over the driver on suspicion of DUI.
The suspect reportedly put his car in reverse and nearly hit the officers before taking off.
The pursuit began and eventually made its way over the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge onto northbound Interstate Highway 880.
An officer said police asked for CHP intervention at 2:24 a.m.
The pursuit mainly took place at low speeds, sometimes no more than 10 miles an hour.
Once the driver made his way to downtown Oakland he got off on city streets, only to get back on Interstate 880 going southbound.
He proceeded to get on and off the freeway several times, including one time going the wrong way on the northbound side.
This resulted in a head on-crash with another vehicle, but didn't stop the pursuit as the suspect continued driving.
The pursuit then moved up I-880 to Interstate 980 and then Highway 24.
Right near the Caldecott tunnel is where the driver exited the freeway again, but this time he couldn't escape officers,
The male driver was taken into custody near Tunnel Road and Bay Forrest Drive in the Oakland Hills around 5:15a.m. nearly 2 and a half hours after the pursuit began,
Video from a KTVU crew shows the car was severely damaged and had a completely shredded front tire.
It's not clear what charges the suspect will face.
There have not been any reports of injuries connected to this pursuit.