Sep 2, 2014
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A 23-year-old man crashed a stolen vehicle in Richmond early Tuesday, police said, but not until after the police officers who had been chasing him moments earlier ended the pursuit.

The incident unfolded about 1:30 a.m. in San Pablo, when suspect Christian Amador fled the city’s officers in a stolen vehicle, Richmond police Lt. Andre Hill said. The San Pablo cops called off the chase after Amador drove into the city of Richmond, and Richmond police were notified of the incident, Hill said.

About a half hour later, police said, Amador crashed the stolen vehicle without officer intervention at Third Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.

Amador fled the vehicle on foot but was found shortly after by Richmond police, who spotted him a block away sitting in a parked car with three other people. He was found in possession of shaved key used for stealing cars and gloves, Hill said.

He was the only person in the parked car who was taken into custody, Hill said.

DUI Checkpoint in front of Kennedy High School

Two people were arrested on charges of driving while under the influence and 30 citations were handed out during a DUI Checkpoint at Cutting Boulevard and S. 41st Street Saturday night, police Chief Chris Magnus reported on Twitter.

The checkpoint also led to a warrant arrest.

The Labor Day campaign was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, Hill said.

Police would far prefer not having to arrest anyone at checkpoints, Hill added, as that would mean law enforcement’s DUI prevention efforts are working.


About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.