An attempt by officers to pull over a silver Cadillac that ran a a red light started on Carolina Street in Potrero Hill and quickly developed into a chase into the Mission. It ended at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday when the suspect t-boned another vehicle with a driver and one passenger in front of San Francisco General Hospital at 23rd and Potrero.
The male driver in the suspected stolen vehicle attempted to flee on foot westbound on 23rd toward Hampshire, losing a shoe in the process. He was taken into custody on the 1100 block of Hampshire. The victims went to San Francisco General Hospital, but none had injuries that required treatment, according to Officer Albie Esparza.
The suspect, a white male seem to be dazed and confused. Officers said he was moaning in pain. All of airbags were released indicating major impact.
“This was a violent crime,” said one officer on the scene. “When a driver hits another vehicle and attempts to flee it is always considered a violent crime because they are supposed to stop.”
Esparza said that officers generally don’t chase a driver who has run a stop sign because it is considered only a misdemeanor.