A tri-county high-speed police chase that began with a report of car break-ins near Vallco Shopping Mall in Cupertino ended in San Francisco on Sunday with the arrest of three suspects, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Santa Clara County Sheriff’s deputies first responded to a report that a gold Acura was stolen from Vallco Parkway, adjacent to the Vallco mall, around 9:40 a.m. on Sunday.
Deputies spotted the stolen vehicle with three suspects inside and attempted to pull the car over, but it fled north on U.S. Interstate Highway 280.
The California Highway Patrol took over when the chase continued on to northbound U.S. Highway 101, reaching speeds of up to 100 miles per hour, according to CHP Officer Vu Williams.
The CHP attempted to stop the car using spike strips in two seperate locations, Williams told The Examiner. When the first attempt failed, police deployed a technique that involves bumping into the suspect’s back tire with the police car’s front bumper in an attempt to make the car spin out, but were still unsuccessful.
The suspects exited the freeway at Candlestick Park and slowed to 30-40 mph once they hit city streets, according to Williams. After multiple attempts by the CHP to stop the car, the Acura was forced to stop at the corner of Grove and Webster streets by a flat front tire. Police are unsure if the flat was due to the spike stripes, Williams said.
The suspects fled on foot, but were all arrested after a CHP helicopter was able to lead officers to their locations.
There were no injuries in the pursuit but the suspects side-swiped a couple of cars on city streets, causing minor damage, according to Williams.