OAKLAND -- At least two people were in custody after a California Highway Patrol officer's cruiser was rammed and shot Saturday night during a brief pursuit that ended with the suspects driving the wrong way on Interstate 880, authorities said.
Police arrested the men, who were not identified, not long after the 8:25 p.m. confrontation that started when an officer tried to pull over the driver of a white Dodge van who was not wearing a seat belt, said CHP officer Sam Morgan. But the incident quickly escalated when a black Acura, likely an accomplice of the van's occupants, rammed the officer repeatedly and finally shot out the cruiser's rear window.
The officer attempted to stop the van near 54th Avenue and International Boulevard, but the driver would not pull over and a short, low-speed chase ensued, police said. The Acura, which was reported stolen after a carjacking near Hayward's Southland Mall earlier Saturday, then rammed the cruiser.
As the officer continued to chase the van, the Acura's driver again hit the cruiser near 42nd Street and I-880. This time someone in the Acura also shot out the rear window of the cruiser, but the officer was uninjured, Morgan said. Police did not return fire.
The suspects in both vehicles then escaped by driving north on the southbound lanes of I-880. The men in the van were arrested shortly thereafter and police found the Acura at a Shell gas station near East 10th Street and 29th Avenue, said
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