CONCORD -- Police arrested a Byron man after he took a luxury car for a test drive at a local BMW dealership, then sped off with the vehicle after leaving the accompanying salesperson on the side of the road, authorities said.
Shane Woodcook, 35, was arrested on Highway 4 near Railroad Avenue after leading the California Highway Patrol on a high-speed chase and crashing the stolen BMW into another car, Lt. Darrell Graham said.
At about 5 p.m., representatives at the Concord BMW dealership reported that one of their salesman had taken the man for a spin in a 2011 BMW under the premise that Woodcook was looking to buy it, Graham said. Sometime after the two crossed into Pleasant Hill near Monument Boulevard and Ramona Drive, the salesman gave Woodcook the opportunity to drive the car, and while they were switching seats, the man got into the car and sped off, leaving the salesman behind on the side of the road.
According to Graham, no force or weapon was used on the salesman during the theft of the car, and he was not injured in any way.
A Concord police officer spotted the vehicle on Highway 242 at 5:05 p.m. and alerted the CHP, Graham said. CHP units pursued the man onto Highway 4 near Bay Point, with speeds reaching 100 miles per hour.
Officers caught up to the man about 5:10 p.m. and arrested him in Pittsburg on Highway 4 near Railroad Avenue when he crashed into another car, Graham said. Minor injuries were reported in both vehicles, but it was not immediately known how many people were in the other car.
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