PITTSBURG -- A 41-year-old Oakland man died after crashing a car he allegedly stole in Pittsburg Thursday night, police said.
It all started on the 600 block of Rock Spray Circle at about 11:38 p.m., when residents inside a home heard their car start and watched someone drive away in it, police said. The car owners jumped into another vehicle and attempted to chase the car thief, but lost sight of him as he reached speeds over 70 mph on West 10th Street, according to Lt. Ron Raman.
Minutes later, the man lost control of the car and crashed into two power poles near West 10th Street and Enterprise Circle, police said. The man -- later identified as Marlin Whaley -- died at the scene. Whaley was not wearing a seat belt, Raman said.
The crash knocked out power to 1,188 customers in the area of West 10th Street, which remained closed between Enterprise Circle and Beacon Street. PG&E was working Friday morning to restore the power, and as of 10 a.m. 300 customers were still without electricity. The roadway was expected to open by noon Friday.
Weather was not a factor in the crash, Raman said.
Staff writer Aaron Kinney contributed to this report. David DeBolt covers breaking news. Contact him in Richmond at 510-262-2728. Follow him at Twitter.com/daviddebolt.