RICHMOND (CBS SF) — A suspect fleeing police in a stolen pickup truck was involved in a fiery wreck that sent another driver to the hospital with major injuries Friday morning in Richmond, police said.
Officers first spotted the stolen truck about 4:30 a.m. near South 31st Street and Cutting Boulevard. The suspect driving the truck fled from officers and a pursuit was called off a short time later, according to police.READ MORE: Bay Area Heat Wave Rekindles Memories Of Flex Alerts, Rotating Outages
El Cerrito police then alerted Richmond officers that the vehicle was involved in an assault on an El Cerrito officer two weeks ago.
When Richmond police spotted the truck again, the chase resumed.READ MORE: COVID: Experts Warn More Contagious Delta Variant Could Sicken Unvaccinated
It was canceled again, however, when the pickup entered the Richmond Parkway off-ramp to the westbound Interstate Highway 80, heading in the wrong direction, Richmond police Lt. Matt Stonebraker said.
The pickup collided with a Toyota Scion on the off-ramp and both vehicles caught fire, police said.
A Richmond police officer and a Contra Costa County sheriff’s deputy rescued the Toyota’s driver, who was trapped in the burning car. He was taken to a hospital with major but not life-threatening injuries, Stonebraker said.MORE NEWS: COVID: Excitement Builds As Bay Area Counts Down To June 15 Reopening
The suspect fled from the pickup after the wreck and hasn’t been located, police said.