Man arrested for burglary and auto theft at Antioch business, Sunday night

By Sergeant Dimitri Barakos, Antioch Police Community Policing Bureau

On August 31, 2013 at 6:38 p.m., an Antioch Police officer was parked on West 9th Street near ‘A’ Street when he was almost struck by a box truck, similar to a moving truck. As that occurred, we received a call of a speeding box truck on W. 9th Street. The officer followed the truck with the intent to stop the truck. The truck pulled over and as the officer got out of his patrol car the driver of the truck drove towards him and almost struck the officer.

The driver of the truck led officers on a vehicle chase on ‘A’ Street. The driver abandoned the truck in the SR4 construction area near ‘A’ Street and Drake Street. The driver, identified as 45-year-old Eric Lehtinen, fled and was apprehended by officers. Dispatch advised the officers that there was a burglary alarm pending at the business, Ordaz Cultured Marble & Onyx, Inc., located in the 2600 block of West 10th Street in Antioch, where the truck was registered.

Officers found that the business had been broken into and the truck had been stolen from the business. Lehtinen was arrested on multiple charges and sent to the Martinez Detention Facility.

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