Driver In Stolen Truck Hospitalized After Concord Pursuit Ends In Highway Crash

CONCORD — A chase that ended with a crash on a highway transition ramp started when the driver took off after officers pulled him over on suspicion that he had stolen a truck, police said Tuesday.

Police did not immediately identify the driver of the 2002 Toyota Tacoma but did say he was a male. He suffered major injuries after being ejected in the crash but was expected to survive, authorities said.

The crash happened as northbound 242 merged onto eastbound Highway 4 at Port Chicago Highway, California Highway Patrol spokesman Officer Brandon Correia said.

According to Concord police, officers responded around 3:30 a.m. to an area near Cowell Road near Treat Boulevard because of a possible vehicle burglary in progress. As they arrived, officers saw a truck speeding away from the area that matched the description of the one police suspected to be stolen.

The truck didn’t slow down when officers tried to pull it over, police said.

The pursuit went through some city streets — police did not immediately disclose which ones — until the truck got onto northbound Interstate 680 and then northbound Highway 242. As it came to the connector ramp onto Highway 4 at Port Chicago Highway, the truck lost control and flipped, police said.

Officers treated the driver at the scene until an ambulance arrived and took him to a hospital.

The early investigation revealed the truck had been stolen hours earlier but that the crime had not yet been reported, police said.

Concord police, along with the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office and CHP, were investigating. The driver remained in a hospital Tuesday afternoon.

The CHP closed down the transition ramp until 7:10 a.m.

The chase was one of two on that occurred overnight in Contra Costa County.

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