Orinda Police Chase Ends In Deadly Crash

ORINDA (CBS / BCN) — A police chase ended in the death of the suspect whose stolen car slammed into a power pole Tuesday afternoon, according to authorities.

Contra Costa County sheriff’s spokesman Jimmy Lee said the crash happened on Camino Pablo at Miner Road.

A Moraga woman who had reported her Subaru stolen, discovered that her truck was taken, too. She saw both vehicles as she was picking up her child at Mira Monte High School in Moraga.

KCBS’ Dave Padilla Reports:

”While at the high school she saw her stolen Subaru, along with her pickup truck, which she did not even know had been stolen,” said Lee.

He said the woman called police, who in turn spotted her Ford truck on Camino Pablo and gave chase.

”The Orinda officer lost sight of that vehicle, and shortly thereafter he came upon the scene where the pickup truck collided into the power pole,” said Lee.

Lee said the suspect hit the pole with such force that authorities did know if this was a male or female. The second vehicle was abandoned in a neighborhood in Lafayette with the engine running.

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