A parolee will face felony drunken driving and gun charges after a shooting with the California Highway Patrol that shut down the lower deck of the Bay Bridge on Thursday morning, stalling the eastbound commute for several hours.
Antonio Roberson, 29, who has addresses in both Oakland and Concord, was arrested after the early-morning incident, CHP Officer Michael Ferguson said. Roberson was on parole for a human trafficking conviction that involved a minor, police said.
Officers were involved in the shooting, Ferguson said in an emailed news release Thursday afternoon, but neither officers nor Roberson and his female passenger were injured in the shooting. Roberson and his passenger were hospitalized for injuries they received when the car crashed into the guard rail on the eastbound S-curve, Ferguson said.
The incident began shortly after 1:30 a.m. when CHP officers driving across the bridge were passed by a speeding black 1994 Cadillac Eldorado, Ferguson said. The officers followed the car and came through the Treasure Island tunnel to find the Eldorado had crashed, its front end badly crushed.
The CHP officers went to help Roberson and the woman inside and it was at that point that gunshots occurred, Ferguson said. Police did not say what sparked the gunfire, nor did they recover a gun, Ferguson said.
After the gunfire, the driver tried to flee by driving the ruined car, but only made it a few hundred yards before the car came to a stop at the eastern end of the curve, Ferguson said.
Roberson and the woman were taken into custody and rushed to a hospital, Ferguson said. The woman, a 26-year-old from Australia, was held for questioning and released, he added.
San Francisco police joined CHP detectives for side-by-side investigations that brought eastbound commute traffic to a near-standstill for more than eight hours. A CHP investigation team will assess the scene more at a later time during a scheduled lane closure that will be announced to the public, Ferguson said.
All lanes were briefly closed. For several hours after that, just a single lane was open, turning what is normally a breezy morning counter-commute into a two-hour ordeal for thousands of drivers.
All four lanes were reopened at 9:46 a.m.
Staff writer Mark Gomez contributed to this report. Contact Sean Maher at 925-943-8013. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/OneSeanMaher.