Mar 16, 2016
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Suspected car thieves managed to escape law enforcement officers during a pursuit from Petaluma to Richmond on Tuesday that at times reached speeds of 100 mph, police said.

After a Petaluma resident reported seeing his Honda stolen on Quarry Street, local police spotted both the Honda and a related white van about 2:30 p.m. and a pursuit ensued in the southbound lanes on U.S. Highway 101.

The pursuit after the Honda was eventually terminated due to the suspect’s reckless driving, police said. Meanwhile, an attempt to deploy a spike strip to flatten the white van’s tires failed due to an apparent equipment malfunction.

The pursuit continued south onto Interstate Highway 580 and the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. The California Highway Patrol decided to end its pursuit when the van drove onto Richmond city streets, endangering pedestrians, police said.

The investigation is ongoing, police said.


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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.