Police identified the man who led officers on a nearly hourlong chase throughout Contra Costa County on Thursday night as Christopher Andrews, a 25-year-old Castro Valley resident.
Andrews was on probation for burglary and had two more previous convictions, one each for burglary and drug possession, Pittsburg police Lt. Ron Raman said.
Andrews fled from police, driving the wrong way on Highway 4 at speeds up to 90 mph, officials said, and he was finally caught after driving more than 20 miles on spike-strip-damaged tires south into Danville, Raman said.
In the end, Andrews surrendered to California Highway Patrol officers, officials said. Police are still looking for at least one other suspect.
The chase began around 9:45 p.m. near the Del Monte Recreation Center on Frontage Road at Crestview Drive, Raman said. An officer noticed a white 2000 Ford F-250 and ran a records check, discovering the truck was stolen, he said.
A second vehicle was following close behind as the Ford pulled onto Crestview. On a hunch the two vehicles might be working together, the officer ran the second plate, which also came up stolen.
As police pursued the two vehicles, the second one suddenly made a U-turn in the 2100 block of Crestview Lane, which forms a loop with Crestview Drive, and sped off. It seemed to the officer that the car was trying to lure police away from the truck, Raman said.
The officer stayed with the truck, driven by
The truck made looping passes along city streets and onto Highway 4, getting off at Bailey Road and driving south on the northbound lanes, Raman said. Police officers stopped their pursuit there to avoid creating more public hazard, he said.
Andrews pulled onto eastbound Highway 4, driving west, Raman said. Contra Costa sheriff's deputies responding to the call were also driving west, but in the correct lanes of the highway, tracking the truck across the median, Raman said.
Andrews somehow turned around near Willow Pass Road and began driving east.
He then sped east along the freeway at speeds approaching 100 mph before exiting at Railroad Avenue, with CHP and sheriff's deputies units in pursuit.
Andrews 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 tried to take the Pittsburg-Antioch Highway back the way he had come, police said.
Police deployed spike strips to slow the fleeing pickup, flattening its two right tires as the driver navigated city streets through Pittsburg.
The chase slowed to almost 20 mph, but Andrews 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 Andrews passed through Walnut Creek on I-680 and finally stopped in Danville, Raman said.
Andrews was arrested by CHP officers. He's likely to face at least two felony charges, for evading police and possession of a stolen vehicle, Raman said.
There were no reports of injuries to Andrews or other motorists.
Back near the start of the chase, Pittsburg police found the car of the suspect they believe had been cooperating with the truck driver. It had been stolen from San Francisco and abandoned near where the chase began, Raman said.
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