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High-Speed Chase In Richmond Ends In Crash, Cutting Power To Thousands

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RICHMOND (CBS SF) — A high-speed chase involving the California Highway Patrol ended when a suspect vehicle hit a utility pole in Richmond Sunday morning, knocking power out for thousands of residents.

San Francisco CHP officers chased a BMW at speeds in excess of 100 mph through Oakland and into Richmond on Interstate Highway 580, beginning at around 2:30 a.m., Richmond police said.

The car exited the highway at the Regatta Boulevard exit in
Richmond and crashed into a utility pole on that road.

The collision caused power lines to fall into the road, starting a small fire, which was extinguished by the Richmond Fire Department.

Four suspects fled the vehicle on foot, and one woman was trapped in the car. She was treated for non-life-threatening injuries after emergency personnel freed her from the vehicle.

Because the crash threw live wires into the roadway, PG&E was
forced to shut off power in the area, Richmond police said.

Initially 2,756 customers were impacted by the outage. PG&E crews had power restored to all but 446 customers by 5 a.m., said PG&E spokeswoman Jana Morris.

The affected areas were between South Second Street and South 23rd Street, and also between South 39th Street and San Pablo Avenue.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed)

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