Police chase stolen fire truck across three counties

July 8, 2019

A man stole a fire truck in Oakland Saturday morning and then led officers on a chase that spanned three counties and ended with the firefighting vehicle crashing into a parked car. [Cal Coast Times]

After the man stole the truck from the Oakland Fire Department, officers tracked him as he headed north across the East Bay Area. At 11:31 a.m., the CHP notified Vacaville police that the stolen fire truck was approaching their jurisdiction, heading eastbound on Interstate 80.

Vacaville police helped CHP officers deploy spike strips on Interstate 80, which the suspect, a 31-year-old Oakland man, ran over. The fire truck’s tires began to deflate.

Running out of options, the suspect exited at the Orange Drive offramp in the Vacaville area. He then crashed into the back of an SUV that was parked outside a restaurant.

Oakland police and CHP officers took the man into custody at the scene of the collision. No one suffered injuries during the chase.

“Some may have believed they were witnessing something straight from a Hollywood film set,” Vacaville police stated in a Facebook post. “But this was no movie.”

Vacaville police say, after receiving a new set of tires, the truck will be back where it belongs, serving the citizens of Oakland.

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Gotta love the “tough on crime” crowd. They really dig spending the State tax payer’s money. It costs enough to send someone to Harvard to keep them in prison. Kind of suggests we just offer better education for free up front to spare our populace some of the depredations of crime in the first place.. But more to the point, how is building prisons (at mega expense) and keeping people in them longer (ditto) going to solve what is so clearly a mental health issue? If we are going to spend that kind of money, how about putting it where it might actually affect the problem?

Just a suggestion…….

The key to fleeing is to be inconspicuous….

Build more prisons in California….we have thousands of empty square miles in the desert….

Increase the penalties….the crooks are having a field day in California…lock them up and keep them locked up….the first duty of the Governor and the legislature is to protect the citizens of the state and they are falling short….some poor person obviously at work to be able to pay taxes to this worthless government had his or her car slammed into by a dirt bag that should never be allowed to walk the streets….enough already….