ALAMEDA COUNTY -- A car theft suspect led sheriff's deputies on a brief chase early Sunday morning before crashing the car and jumping off an elevated freeway, breaking an ankle, authorities said.
After the chase had come to an end, a suspected drunken driver struck a San Leandro police car that was on the scene. The officers, who had come to assist in the arrest, were not in the car and were not injured.
The car theft suspect, who was already on parole, was seen speeding in a Honda Accord around 3 a.m. Sunday in San Lorenzo, according to Sheriff's Office spokesman J.D. Nelson. Deputies determined the care was stolen and attempted a traffic stop.
The suspect got onto Interstate 880, then crossed onto I-238 toward Castro Valley. On the connector ramp between the two freeways, the driver miscalculated a turn and struck the center divider.
After the crash, the suspect attempted to escape on foot, jumped a fence and fell approximately 30 feet to the ground, Nelson said.
"We're not sure if he realized there was a big drop there or not," Nelson added.
A passenger wanted in connection with outstanding warrants was also taken into custody after a short foot chase, Nelson said. The suspected drunken driver was also arrested.