A vehicle pursuit that took police from multiple agencies on city streets and highways between Antioch and Alamo ended with the suspect's arrest late Thursday.
The chase, which lasted nearly 50 minutes, began around 9:45 p.m. At one point police units had to suspend their pursuit when the suspect vehicle began traveling the wrong way in the eastbound lanes of Highway 4 at up to 90 mph.
The suspect, a white male in his 20s driving a 2000 Ford F-250 pickup truck, finally exited the pickup and surrendered without incident just after 10:30 p.m. in the median of Interstate 680 near Stone Valley Road in Alamo. Police K-9 units were on scene in case he ran, but were not deployed.
It was not immediately clear how or why the chase began. The pursuit apparently started in the Pittsburg area, although a spokesman with the Pittsburg Police Department could not confirm that late Thursday.
As the chase began, the suspect made looping passes west to Bay Point, then attempted to head toward Concord driving the wrong direction in the eastbound lanes of Highway 4 before reversing direction near Willow Pass Road. He then sped east along the freeway at speeds approaching 100 mph before exiting at Railroad Avenue, with California Highway Patrol and Contra Costa sheriff's units in pursuit.
The driver then used a maze of surface streets on both the north and south sides of Highway 4 until he reached Auto Center Drive at the Antioch border and then tried to take the Pittsburg-Antioch Highway back the way he had come.
Police deployed spike strips in an attempt to slow the fleeing pickup, eventually flattening its two right tires as the driver navigated city streets through Pittsburg.
The chase slowed to almost 20 mph, but the driver proceeded back to Bailey Road in Bay Point, riding on the vehicle's rims at speeds that climbed to 55 mph once he returned to the freeway and headed west to Highway 242, then Interstate 680.
Police attempted a second time to use spike strips, which became lodged under the pickup's chassis before the driver passed through Walnut Creek on I-680 and finally stopped in Alamo.
Police from Pittsburg assisted in the chase, as did an air unit that was deployed to track the driver when police backed off as he drove through surface streets.
There were no reports of injuries to the suspect or other motorists.
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