Two suspects injured in I-580 crash after 100 mph chase

Minor injuries sustained, auto burglary charges pending

Two auto burglary suspects sustained minor injuries after a car chase that led from the Stoneridge Shopping Center onto Interstate 580, hitting speeds of up to 100 mph before crashing near Castro Valley, a police report said.

Rafael Gamez, 22, of Oakland and Jose Ramos, 22, of Hayward were injured when the car Gamez was driving flipped into its roof, ending the chase. The two were taken to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley with non life-threatening injuries, according to the report.

Traffic on westbound I-580 and BART service were stopped for about five minutes while the two were taken into custody, although there reports of backed up traffic with two lanes blocked by Pleasanton police.

The incident began at about 1:50 this afternoon when police officers looking into an auto burglary at the mall parking lot heard from a witness who described a vehicle and two occupants possibly involved. Within 10 minutes, a second officer located the vehicle, a 1987 light green Buick LeSabre, occupied by two Hispanic males, in the west mall parking lot.

The officer tried to stop the vehicle and ordered the driver to turn off his ignition. The driver refused and fled the mall onto northbound Foothill Road; the officer gave chase and was joined by a second officer as the men headed westbound on I-580.

The pursuit continued through moderate traffic and at one point reached speeds of 100 mph. The California Highway Patrol was called to join the pursuit, but the chase ended with a crash when the suspects' car hit the center concrete barrier just east of the Castro Valley Boulevard exit, flipped and came to rest on its roof.

Gamez will be booked for possession of burglary tools and evading a police officer, as well as a felony warrant for possession of stolen property and vehicle theft.

Ramos will be charged with possession of burglary tools, and the Police Department is working to identify property located in the suspects' vehicle that may have been stolen in previous burglaries, as well as investigating their involvement in today's auto burglary.


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Posted by spcwt
a resident of Danville
on Dec 20, 2011 at 8:06 am

Give me a break. Who could possibly want a 1987 Buick LeSabre?? Light green, no less.

There must be more to this story.

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Posted by RC
a resident of Danville
on Dec 20, 2011 at 8:50 am

I am glad the car flipped on the two scumbags.

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Posted by Julia
a resident of Alamo
on Dec 20, 2011 at 10:30 am

They should have died in the crash...I'm also getting tired of the scumbags as RC stated.

You play with fire you die with fire.

Thanks for listening, Julia Pardini from Alamo...
"A voice of common sense"

Okay all you Julia hater's...go for it.

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Posted by Bill
a resident of Danville
on Dec 20, 2011 at 11:21 am

I think the light green LeSabre was the suspects car, not a stolen one. They had burglary tools which leads one to believe they were breaking into cars in the mall parking lot. I just hope that if they are not in the US legally, the INS will do its job and transport them back to their homeland as soon as possible.

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Posted by Dale
a resident of Alamo
on Dec 20, 2011 at 5:36 pm

Gee---wonder if they took BART to Stoneridge to do their. Time spree----bad plan to run stop at our (used to be safe) mall.

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