OAKLAND -- A man was arrested Thursday after he fled from California Highway Patrol officers and crashed into two cars and a wooden pole, police said.
Police arrested Charles William Eberhart, 21, of San Leandro, on an outstanding felony warrant and other weapon violations. Police found a semi-automatic 9 mm pistol with a high-capacity magazine under the driver's seat of the 1990 Oldsmobile he was driving, said CHP spokesman Officer Sam Morgan.
Eberhart was on driving on Bancroft Avenue near 73rd Avenue in Oakland at 7:15 p.m. Thursday when CHP officers noticed expired California registration tags on the rear license plate.
They tried to stop the car, but Eberhart drove away, continuing down Bancroft then turning onto Havenscourt Boulevard and Camden Street. On Camden, he crashed into a 1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse and a 2012 Honda Civic before striking a large wooden pole, Morgan said.
A passenger in the Oldsmobile got out of the car and ran away and has not been located.
Eberhart sustained moderate injuries and the driver of the Mitsubishi, a 34-year-old Oakland man, also suffered moderate injuries. They were taken to a hospital for treatment. The driver of the Civic was not injured, police said.
The pursuit lasted for less than one minute, no CHP officers were injured and no CHP equipment was damaged, Morgan said.
The crash is still under investigation, and anyone with additional information should call the CHP's Oakland Area Office at 510-450-3821, or the CHP's non-emergency line at 1-800-835-5247.