ANTIOCH -- Two suspects who led police on a brief chase through Clayton and Antioch before trying to escape at a hospital were arrested Tuesday afternoon.
Brian Ray, 34, of Bay Point and Joseph Johnson, 41, of Oakley were in a car near Round Valley Regional Park on Marsh Creek Road about 1:50 p.m., when an East Bay Regional Park police motorcycle officer deemed it suspicious and tried to pull them over, Lt. Jon King said. Instead, the two men drove off in a bid to escape, King said.
The approximately four-minute chase reached 70 mph as it moved from Marsh Creek Road onto Deer Valley Road, where the motorcycle officer called it off because of the danger to others, King said.
Ray and Johnson eventually pulled off Deer Valley Road and into the parking lot of the Kaiser Permanente on Sand Creek Road, King said. Ray, the driver, stayed near the car, but Johnson went into the hospital to avoid capture, King said.
Antioch and East Bay Regional police located the car in the parking lot and arrested Ray about 3:45 p.m. without incident, while Johnson was found in the hospital a short time later with the help of security guards, King said.
"There was never any interruption in the hospital," King said. "He was just hanging out in there."
Ray was booked on suspicion of recklessly failing to yield, being a felon with ammunition, being in possession of burglary tools, and violating probation, King said. He also was wanted by the Contra Costa Sheriff's Office on a $100,000 arrest warrant for an earlier auto theft, King said.
Johnson was booked on suspicion of possessing burglary tools and resisting a police officer, King said.
Both men were taken to the County Jail in Martinez, where Ray was being held in lieu of $140,000 bail and Johnson in lieu of $3,000 bail.
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