While apparently ignoring his passenger who had begged for him to stop the car, a driver drove at speeds of at least 90 mph on Richmond’s city streets before crashing twice late last month, police said Tuesday.
The incident unfolded about 1 a.m. near the Richmond Police Department Communications Center at Nevin Avenue and 27th Street, where a police officer spotted the vehicle traveling at that high rate of speed, Lt. Felix Tan said. By the time the officer made a u-turn, the suspect vehicle had fled. But after the officer described the car to police dispatch, the vehicle was spotted near the Richmond BART station.
The officer “saw the described car and watched it slam into a traffic barrier in the BART parking lot,” Tan said. “The car struck the barrier so hard that the car ended up on two wheels for a second.”
But that didn’t deter the driver, whose car landed on four wheels and kept going. The driver, whose identity wasn’t immediately released, attempted another getaway but ended up colliding with a road barrier and fleeing on foot, leaving his terrified passenger in the car, Tan said.
“The passenger in the car said he begged the driver to stop but he refused,” Tan said. “Well, officers learned that the driver had two outstanding arrest warrants and he didn’t want to go to jail.”
Officers swiftly set up a perimeter in the area, and a K-9 unit that includes a Belgium Malinois named Ruger (pictured below) responded to the scene. The police dog sniffed out the suspect, who was hiding under an occupied house, Tan said. The man was arrested without further incident.
“All involved officers did a fantastic job taking a reckless driver off the streets of Richmond,” Tan said. “The driver was booked for several violations, including the arrest warrants.”