A 39-year-old Richmond man led Concord police on a slow-speed pursuit after he was found driving a stolen backhoe recklessly on city streets.
The incident unfolded just after 2 p.m. when the dispatch center began receiving calls about the “tractor,” police said.
“Many questioned if the driver was intoxicated,” police said.
A police sergeant located the backhoe and attempted to make contact, but the driver failed to stop for him.
For safety purposes, officers pursued the backhoe, many of which don’t go much faster than 25 mph, through Concord for about 20 minutes, closing roadways to separate the vehicle from the people on the road, police said. The pursuit continued onto Willow Pass Road in the direction of Highway 4.
“With the assistance of the California Highway Patrol, the on and off ramps were closed along with all of Willow Pass Rd. between Landana and Highway 4, so the backhoe could be isolated,” police said.
The backhoe’s driver stopped near the entrance to eastbound Highway 4 and he was taken into custody.
“It was determined that the backhoe was an unreported stolen piece of equipment and we were able to return it to the rental company without damage,” police said.
The driver was arrested and booked at the Concord Police Department for auto theft, evading and obstructing arrest.