OAKLAND -- An Uber driver led officers on a chase that reached speeds above 100 mph Monday before a spike strip stopped his car and a Taser gun was used to subdue him, the California Highway Patrol said.
Officers tried to pull over 37-year-old Idrees Zalmy, of Newark, around 8:52 p.m., as he drove a Toyota Camry east on Interstate 80 near the San Pablo Dam Road exit, CHP spokesman Officer Sean Wilkenfeld said.
Instead of stopping, Zalmy accelerated and got off the freeway and then eventually got back on, headed west on I-80 and then southbound on I-880, Wilkenfeld said.
The chase stopped there when Zalmy drove over a spike strip near the High Street exit. Officers used a Taser on Zalmy when he didn't follow orders after coming out of the car, Wilkenfeld said. Officers drew their weapons during the high-risk stop.
"We don't know why he ran," Wilkenfeld said.
Zalmy is listed as an Uber driver on his inmate profile at the Santa Rita Jail in Pleasanton, where he was in custody on suspicion of felony evasion and resisting arrest. Wilkenfeld said the CHP was investigating whether he was en route to pick up a passenger when the chase happened.
Nobody else was in the car during the chase, Wilkenfeld said.
The suspect began using the rideshare app about a week and a half ago and had made only six trips as a driver, said Uber spokeswoman Laura Zapata. Zalmy was not using the app when the chase happened.
"We have suspended Mr. Zalmy's Uber account while we work closely with the California Highway Patrol to support their investigation," Zapata said.
Uber is working with authorities, and the suspect has been suspended from logging in as a possible driver for the company.
Staff writer Katrina Cameron contributed to this report. Contact Rick Hurd at 925-945-4789 and follow him at Twitter.com/3rdERH