Four hurt in morning rampage

In an apparent road rage incident, a driver tore through the streets of San Francisco on Tuesday, slamming into cars, endangering pedestrians and injuring four people.

Police said 42-year-old Craig Campbell, of San Francisco, began chasing a female driver near the intersection of Turk and Divisadero streets at about 9 a.m. After he hit her car, he continued on a rampage that left five cars damaged and sent Campbell and three victims to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Police did not release the make and model of Campbell's car, but witnesses on the scene said he was driving a Volvo.

Campbell’s alleged spree through the streets surrounding the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center comes nearly four months after Omeed Aziz Popal, 29, of Fremont, allegedly drove his Honda Pilot through San Francisco, targeting pedestrians in the Laurel Heights neighborhood, just five blocks north of the area where Campbell was arrested.

Police spokesman Sgt. Steve Mannina said Campbell followed his intended victim down Divisadero Street and across Geary Boulevard, slamming into a parked car at Sutter Street before catching up to the woman and hitting her car at Geary Boulevard and Scott Street.

But Campbell did not stop after hitting the woman’s car, Mannina said. He tore up Geary Boulevard, smashing into two moving cars as he headed past Divisadero Street, then rammed into a fourth car as he turned right onto Broderick Street, Mannina said.

Police could not say how fast Campbell was driving.

Officers caught up with Campbell halfway down the block of Broderick Street between Geary Boulevard and Scott Street, Mannina said. He threw his car into reverse and accelerated again, but hit another car, Mannina said. Campbell attempted to abandon his vehicle and escape on foot, but officers arrested him, Mannina said.

Tim Lee, who was working at Ampco Systems parking lot on Geary Boulevard between Scott and Divisadero streets, said he heard a loud crash, then saw, through a cloud of tire smoke, a man in a Volvo accelerating, the wheels spinning.

“I just saw him going smack into the other car, and then still going,” Lee said. The Volvo sped east toward Divisadero, Lee said.

“I saw the car right on the corner. It looked like he was going to come into my shop,” said an employee of Monica’s Flowers, on the northeast corner of Broderick Street and Geary Boulevard.

“Then he suddenly turns down this street. There was lots of smoke,” the employee, who wanted to be identified only as Jodi, said Tuesday afternoon.

Jodi said she heard a “boom” from down the block, then sawa man go running past the front of the shop. “He looked like a drunk guy,” she said.

Police did not indicate whether alcohol was involved in Tuesday’s incident.

Campbell was booked Tuesday on seven counts of assault with a deadly weapon and two counts of resisting arrest, police reported.

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