PIEDMONT -- A high-speed chase early Monday of a stolen car prompted by a hit on a license plate reader in Piedmont ended in a multicar wreck in Oakland and the arrest of the suspected driver and her passenger, police said Tuesday.
Police said Cherise Dyer, 36, of Hayward, was arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft, possession of a stolen vehicle, evading police with disregard for public safety, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving on a suspended license and violating probation.
Her passenger, Kenneth Jorgensen, 25, of San Lorenzo, was arrested on suspicion of possession of a stolen vehicle, possession for sale of a restricted drug -- which police believe to be methamphetamine -- and violating parole.
Piedmont police Capt. Scott Wyatt said Tuesday that about 1:02 a.m. Monday, a license plate reader in the northwest part of the city hit on the plate of a 1998 Acura Integra as being possibly stolen. A dispatcher confirmed the car had been stolen Saturday in San Francisco.
Piedmont police units were alerted and a few minutes later an officer saw the car near Grand Avenue. When a second officer joined him they tried to stop the Acura near Grand and Fairview avenues but it took off, Wyatt said.
The chase went on city streets into Oakland for about 1.5 miles, with the speed at times in excess of 85 mph. The Acura also went through some red lights, police said.
About 1:14 a.m., after failing to negotiate a turn, police said the Acura hit four parked cars in the 500 block of Capell Street in Oakland, a few blocks from Oakland High School.
Dyer and Jorgensen were arrested at the scene by Piedmont police. After being evaluated for possible injuries at Highland Hospital they were booked at Santa Rita Jail. Jorgensen, on parole from Amador County for possession of ammunition by a felon, is being held without bail and Dyer is being held in lieu of $125,000 bail. They are scheduled for arraignment Wednesday.