RICHMOND -- A San Francisco murder suspect and his three female companions led police on a freeway chase during the Friday evening commute before they were taken into custody, police said.

San Francisco homicide detectives believed the suspect, Miguel Ortiz, was at a residence on Macdonald Avenue and they asked Richmond for backup in case Ortiz tried to escape in a vehicle, said Richmond Lt. Andre Hill.

Ortiz, 26, was wanted on a $10 million warrant on suspicion of a murder that occurred two weeks ago in San Francisco, Hill said.

Around 5 p.m. Ortiz exited the residence and got into the back seat of a vehicle with three women, Hill said. The female driver evaded police, got on westbound Interstate 580 and led officers on a chase through heavy traffic to westbound Interstate 80, Hill said.

The driver eventually made an unsafe lane change and nicked a Richmond patrol car, Hill said. Police stopped the vehicle just east of the Powell Street exit in Emeryville and took Ortiz and the other passengers into custody, Hill said. No one was injured during the chase and no other vehicles were damaged.

Contact Lisa P. White at 925-943-8011. Follow her at Twitter.com/lisa_p_white.



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