A dangerous case of hot pursuit that crossed numerous city neighborhoods and caused multiple traffic collisions ended with an arrest and an open investigation.
Just shy of 9 p.m. on Monday, officers in the Bayview district made contact with a driver, noticing what appeared to be contraband or a weapon in the passenger compartment. The driver quickly fled in the vehicle — a rental with Nevada plates — and the officers gave chase, traveling onto the 280 freeway before crossing through various neighborhoods, including Bayview, Ingleside and Taraval Park. At northbound 19th south of Taraval, officers attempted to contact the driver, prompting the driver to maneuver their vehicle to evade police and thus hitting an officer. Seeing the suspect’s actions as indicative of an intention to cause serious bodily harm to police present, another officer discharged his firearm at the suspect. The suspect was not hit and continued driving away, with the officers in close pursuit.
The chase reached its pinnacle in the area of SFPD’s Park Police Station near Golden Gate Park, when the suspect drove the vehicle over the sidewalk, into a cul-de-sac, and into a concrete barrier. But it wasn’t over yet. The suspect jumped out and started running, but police quickly caught up. The suspect was taken into custody and transported to San Francisco General Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. The officer that was injured was taken to the same hospital, treated and released.
Northbound 19th at Taraval was closed for several hours during the investigation, as well as one lane on southbound 19th at the same intersection.
This is still an active investigation. SFPD’s homicide and crime scene unit were still on scene last night, along with traffic investigation. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call SFPD. The suspect’s identity will not be released until he is booked into SF County Jail.