OAKLAND -- Six people were injured, one seriously, and a suspect remained at-large ¿after a police pursuit that started in El Cerrito ended with a crash in the Oakland hills early Saturday morning, authorities said.
Eight people were packed in the stolen red GMC Yukon involved in the crash, according to the California Highway Patrol. All six people injured were between age 15 and 19 years of age, police said.
The driver, who was not identified, escaped arrest. A 19-year-old Antioch man, who was also not identified, suffered "major, life-threatening injuries," according to CHP Sgt. Diana McDermott.
El Cerrito police attempted to pull over the stolen SUV sometime after 2 a.m., she said. The driver fled.
As the chase moved out of El Cerrito, police requested that the CHP take over as the lead agency in pursuit about 2:25 a.m., McDermott said. The driver led the CHP onto westbound Interstate 80, then moved onto eastbound Interstate 580 in Oakland.
At one point, the car exited the freeway at the High Street offramp, traveled briefly on city streets, and re-entered westbound I-580 in the wrong direction, the CHP said. Officers backed off the pursuit and followed the car at a distance from the eastbound lanes with their lights off.
The driver exited at the Keller Avenue offramp, with the CHP restarting their pursuit, lights and sirens on. The SUV drove into the hills, before turning on Elysian Fields Drive, a winding, downhill street.
About 2:40 a.m., as it moved down Elysian Fields, the SUV jumped the curb on a mild curve, striking a rock and rolling onto the driver's side. It then struck a tree about 50 feet from the front door of a nearby home, shearing off a large branch before coming back to rest on its wheels.
Two people were ejected from the car, including the 19-year-old Antioch man and a female passenger who suffered a broken arm. Two others fled the scene; one unidentified suspect escaped, while another, a 19-year-old San Leandro man, was arrested. The others were taken into custody or taken to hospitals, the CHP said.
Resident Jimmy Colley, whose home is a few hundred feet from the crash site, said he was awakened by sirens as the chase approached.
Colley said he looked outside just in time to see the crash.
"I had a bird's-eye view," Colley said. "It went up (over the curb), hit the rock, jumped up, and hit the tree. I couldn't tell whether it was rolling or not."