OAKLAND (CBS SF) — A driver who was being pursued by California Highway Patrol officers crashed his car into a homeless encampment in Oakland Sunday morning, injuring two people at the encampment, according to CHP officials.

At around 1:10 a.m., officers attempted to stop a Buick driving recklessly on the eastbound Interstate 80 connector to eastbound Interstate 580, CHP officials said.

When the driver didn’t stop, officers began pursuing the Buick.

The driver of the vehicle then took the transition onto westbound Interstate 980 and immediately exited at 27th Street, according to the CHP.

The driver then lost control of the Buick causing it to go onto the sidewalk and somehow land upside down onto a homeless encampment.

The driver was able to get out the car and tried to flee on foot. Officers however were able apprehend him.

He was identified as Oakland resident Nicholas Turrentine, 32. Turrentine suffered minor injuries during the crash, CHP officials said.

Two people at the homeless encampment suffered moderate injuries and were taken to a hospital, according to CHP officials.

Inside the Buick, officers located a handgun and brass knuckles. Turrentine was arrested on suspicion of multiple offenses.

Two women who were passengers in the Buick were apparently uninjured. They were interviewed at the scene and released, CHP officials said.

The CHP did not say whether alcohol or drugs was suspected in the crash.

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Comments (2)
  1. This incident illustrates why the city/state should allow access to the dry, fenced-in area under the 980 freeway in downtown Oakland for homeless encampments: it is much safer for them than unfenced areas. A fence might have stopped the car before the three were injured. To CBS: a broken leg is not a “minor” injury; and journalists in general need to be more careful of “in to” versus “into”: they were taken “into” custody, and the suspect turned himself “in to” police.

  2. Better still, set up a dedicated campground at Altamont Speedway. It would be poetic justice.

    Inconvenient? That’s just too bad. People work damned hard to be able to afford the convenience of Downtown Oakland these days.