LATHROP (CBS SF) — Two men taken into custody Wednesday night after leading law enforcement officials on a lengthy car chase through the East Bay are not the murder suspects police are seeking, East Palo Alto police said.

Officers of a multi-jurisdictional task force that was formed to capture Jaime Cardenas and Fidel Silva—two men suspected of murder in Grand Junction, Colo., and of two other murders in East Palo Alto—spotted a vehicle in Newark registered to one of the murder suspects around 7:45 p.m., according to police.

The officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver failed to yield.

As the suspects traveled north on Interstate 880, the California Highway Patrol, as well as several local departments, including Fremont police, assisted in the pursuit, Fremont police Sgt. Kevin Moran said.

“We received a request from an outside agency to assist along northbound I-880 as it passed through Fremont,” he said. The three Fremont police units transitioned out of the pursuit as it moved north, CHP Officer Sam Morgan said.

More CHP units joined the pursuit as it cut through Hayward, San Leandro and Oakland, where the suspects merged onto eastbound I-980 before merging again onto eastbound I-580, Morgan said.

The suspects led authorities at freeway speeds topping out at about 70 mph, passing through the Livermore area and beyond the jurisdiction of Bay Area CHP, Morgan said.

CHP in Lathrop were waiting for the suspects and laid out a spike strip on Interstate 5 near Highway 120 that popped one of the suspect vehicle’s tires, Moran said.

The suspect vehicle stopped on its own, Moran said, and the men were taken into custody without incident just after 9 p.m.

East Palo Alto police said Wednesday that the two men taken into custody are not Cardenas and Silva and the driver of the vehicle will be arrested for evading police.

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Comments (13)
  1. NRA Life Member says:

    A chase that topped out at 70 MPH? They must have got stuck in traffic.

    1. Driver says:

      No, they blew by me and I was traveling at 70. No jams at that time of the evening.

  2. mechanic says:

    I don’t get why it would take over 50+ miles to stop these guys(???)

  3. JaneQPublic says:

    Fantastic coordination among CHP and local police. Well done guys!! 🙂

  4. sdgeryherhy says:

    haha stuck in traffic, a “normal” chase would be 100-120 MPH. and this is the first time ive heard the cops use a spike strip

  5. dumbos says:

    sounds like this was the decoy car while the real killers slipped away afterwards…

  6. ROLLIN says:

    It was a 4 dr saturn. It was topped out. Was following this on a scanner and one officer commented to dispatch there was too many of them chasing, and if some could abort the chase. LOL

  7. Kathy says:

    If you have ever been the victim of a near-miss in one of these police chases, you will be feeling sick and nauseated as you read this article. For something as simple as a stolen car, law enforcement officers put dozens of ordinary citizens’ lives at risk. When this happens to you, if you live through it and the cars whiz by you at high speed, missing you by a few feet, you sit there and shake, cry, and are traumatized for a long, long time to come. Everytime you read an article like this, think of the ordinary people, pedestrians and drivers, who nearly died for this.

    1. BOB says:

      If you read the story, they thought they were murder suspects. So you feel they should let murders go free? They chose to run and put the public in danger!!!!!!!!

    2. Beth says:

      Kathy, you’ve got to be kidding. If you “read” the article, you will see this is no ordinary chase. We’re talking MURDER here. For these two men to be given a chance of getting away is much more of a risk. CHP is trained to drive in these situations. And, I do think of the innocent people. Of course, I do. I think of the innocent people that lose their lives because of men like these. If you sitting on the highway crying in moving traffic, I would be traumatized too. If your paying attention, you would move out of the way!

  8. Prashant says:

    Wow! I thought COPs in Fremont are only for giving traffic violation tickets. This is different. Keep up the good job.

  9. jay says:

    The “Occupy” protests are just “preaching to the choir” in their respective cities. To get action… shut down D.C.! When a senator or a congressman cannot get around town just watch how fast something is done!

  10. Jay says:

    Maybe the catholic church should give back some of the billions it has in the bank to help out parishioners in need!

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