NEWARK (CBS SF) — Newark police released a photo Wednesday of one of the city’s most wanted felons: a 28-year-old man suspected of fleeing the scene of a car crash that occurred as police pursued him on Feb. 16.

Police said they located a loaded .357 Magnum revolver and marijuana inside a vehicle that was allegedly driven by Patrick Joseph Gregoire, who is wanted on two felony arrest warrants.

Shortly after 5 p.m. on Feb. 16, an officer observed the vehicle make a traffic violation, then speed off on eastbound Cedar Boulevard.

While trying to locate the vehicle, the officer encountered a crash between the suspect’s vehicle and a second vehicle, police said. The driver of the second vehicle was transported to a hospital for a complaint of pain to his head and chest.

Witnesses told police that the suspect’s vehicle had crossed into opposing traffic and collided head-on with the second vehicle before its driver fled on foot, possibly to the roof of a nearby shopping center.

Newark and Union City SWAT teams searched the building’s roof but did not locate the suspect. Police Detective Sgt. Mike Carroll said the search was called off around 10 p.m.

Gregoire is already wanted on two warrants in Alameda County and Newark for possession of stolen property and possession of narcotics for sale, officials said.

Police described Gregoire as a white man who is 5 feet 10 inches tall, 175 pounds, has brown hair and brown eyes and is known to frequent the Newark, Fremont and Castro Valley areas.

Police said anyone who encounters Gregoire should not attempt to apprehend him but should call police.

Anyone with information about the crash or Gregoire’s whereabouts is asked to call Detective Sgt. Mike Carroll at (510) 578-4247, or the anonymous tip line at (510) 578-4000.

(Copyright 2012 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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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