Nov 19, 2015
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Two people were arrested following a wild pursuit Wednesday that began in El Sobrante, continued onto westbound Interstate Highway 80 and ended in Berkeley, according to the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff.

Driver Victor Casias, 22, of El Sobrante, and passenger Tiffany Baker, 29, of Richmond, were booked into jail on a number of charges stemming from the pursuit that began with a traffic stop about 4 p.m. in the area of Renfrew Road and Hilltop Drive, the sheriff’s office said.

A sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop the vehicle for a traffic violation, but Casias did not yield and entered westbound I-80 with the deputy in pursuit. That deputy decided to terminate the pursuit for safety reasons when Casias drove into oncoming traffic near Berkeley, but a CHP helicopter kept sight of the vehicle, which has reportedly been stolen.

The car eventually struck a curb at 10th Street and Grayson Street in Berkeley and became disabled. Casias and Baker were apprehended after attempting to flee on foot, deputies said.

No one was injured as a result of the pursuit.

Casias was booked on numerous charges that include stolen auto, felony evasion, possession of stolen property, drug violations and an outstanding warrant, while Baker was booked for resisting an officer and an outstanding warrant.

Both are being held in county jail on no-bail status.


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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.