Pursuit Suspect Evades Officers on Popular Hiking Trail in Alamo

Officers from the Lafayette and Orinda Police department, along with officers from the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office pursued a vehicle into Alamo Sunday morning, just after 3:00 a.m.

Officers were pursuing a newer-model white Chevy Malibu, originally wanted for excessive speed, south-bound on San Ramon Valley Boulevard into Alamo when it suddenly turned onto Hemme Avenue. Officers lost sight of the vehicle in the quiet street, which has no alternative outlets.

After establishing a perimeter in the neighborhood, officers concluded the suspect, a white male, had fled onto a popular hiking trail near Hemme Avenue. In the process of conducting a though search of the neighborhood, officers contacted a man who “appeared to be out of breath” on an adjacent street. However, it was determined that the subject was unrelated to the pursuit.

Police officers from the Danville Police Department, with their K9 Rony, searched the nearby hiking trail, which is part of the Las Trampas Regional Wilderness. Officers, with the help of the dog searching on the trail, spotted a male individual running on the trail and, after a small foot pursuit, detained him. The subject was ultimately determined to not have any involvement with the incident, leaving officers confused as to why so many people were out and about in the neighborhood at 4 a.m..

Miraculously, officers located the suspect vehicle at the intersection of Hemme Avenue and Danville Boulevard during the search. They were able to contact the registered owner of the vehicle, who gave officers the suspect’s information.

It appears the suspect is still outstanding at this time.

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