After stealing car, burglarizing two more, Antioch man caught by police following chase, Friday morning

By Acting Sergeant James Stenger #3604, Antioch Police Field Services Bureau

On Friday morning, July 29, 2016 at 7:08 AM, a 75-year-old Antioch man called the Antioch Police Department dispatch to report a male just stole his Ford F250 truck from the corner of Meredith Way at Gentrytown Drive.

At 7:36 AM, APD dispatch received a call regarding the suspect burglarizing a vehicle on the corner of Putnam Street and Gentrytown Drive. At 7:39 AM, APD dispatch received a call regarding the suspect burglarizing a vehicle in the 3300 block of Meadowbrook Road. Responding officers located the stolen truck being driven on G Street near Putnam Street. As officers were attempting to catch up to the stolen truck the suspect ran a stop sign at the G Street and Putnam Street, and struck a vehicle traveling through the intersection, causing minor damage to the other vehicle.

Officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the stolen truck and the suspect refused to stop. The officers pursued the vehicle onto Highway 4 and into the City of Pittsburg. The vehicle pursuit continued on the surface streets in Pittsburg until the suspect drove onto Piedmont Way, which was a dead end street.

The suspect struck a stop sign, knocking it over and then attempted to drive through a fence into a field. The stolen truck got stuck in some loose gravel and became inoperable.

A police K-9 was used to apprehend the suspect when the suspect refused to follow commands to exit the vehicle and was attempting to free the vehicle from being stuck by accelerating the engine.

The suspect was transported to a local hospital where he was medically cleared. The suspect was later booked into the Martinez Detention Facility with a bail of $169,000.

This incident is still under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Antioch Police Department non-emergency line at (925) 778-2441. You may also text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH.

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