Concord man arrested following stolen vehicle police pursuit in Antioch, wrong-way, head-on collision on Highway 4

Ricky Barnette

Ricky Barnette

By Sergeant Rick Smith, Antioch Police Community Policing Bureau

On Friday, January 8, 2016 at 12:31 a.m., Antioch Police Officers attempted to stop a stolen BMW in the area of East 18th Street and Cavallo Road. The driver, later identified as 33-year-old Ricky Barnette of Concord, refused to stop and led officers on a vehicle pursuit. Officer’s terminated their pursuit when Barnette entered eastbound Highway 4 the wrong way from Hillcrest Avenue. Barnette drove westbound in the eastbound lanes of Highway 4 and collided head on with another vehicle heading eastbound. Barnette and his two passengers fled on foot from the vehicle and climbed down to surface streets from the highway. An officer in the area spotted Barnette and the passengers. They were taken into custody without incident. A search of the vehicle located a stolen, loaded handgun and approximately 6.2 ounces of suspected methamphetamine.

As a result of the collision, the victim sustained major, but non-life threatening

injuries and was transported to an area hospital for treatment.

Barnette was not injured and his passengers were treated for complaints of pain due to the collision. Both passengers were later released at a local hospital and Barnette was booked into the Martinez Detention Facility on several Felony charges.

This investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Antioch Police at (925) 778-2441. You may also text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH.

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