Danville police pursuit ends with arrest in Pleasanton

Man fled after seen possibly casing gas station, DPD lieutenant says

Danville police arrested a Brentwood man after he allegedly led officers on a half-hour pursuit overnight Saturday.

Gregory William Franciskovich, 50, was ultimately detained near downtown Pleasanton and later booked into jail on suspicion of evading police, probation violation, possessing burglary tools and driving on a suspended license, according to Danville police Lt. Allan Shields.

The situation began just before 11:45 p.m. Saturday when someone called Danville police to report a driver who appeared to be potentially casing the 76 gas station on the 700 block of San Ramon Valley Boulevard, Shields said.

Officers responded to the area, but when they pulled up alongside the vehicle, the driver fled, according to the lieutenant.

The driver — whom police later identified as Franciskovich — failed to yield when officers tried to pull him over and led police on a chase south that went on and off Interstates 680 and 580 at erratic speeds, sometimes approaching 100 mph and other times dipping down to just over the speed limit, Shields said. The driver also ran stop signs and red lights when off the freeways, he added.

The incident ended around 12:15 a.m. Sunday on St. John Street near downtown Pleasanton when the driver stopped after turning onto the dead-end street, according to Shields.

Franciskovich was arrested at the scene, Shields said. No injuries were reported during the incident.

Editor's note: This story has been updated with new information from Lt. Allan Shields clarifying the speeds and nature of the pursuit.

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13 people like this
Posted by Greg T
a resident of Alamo
on Jul 19, 2016 at 7:19 am

Good work Daville police... give him a thumbs up!
I find it so interesting that most the people that the police are arresting these days have outstanding warrants or are on probation.
It's clear that proposition 47 and all the liberal judges and politicians who believe in releasing criminals left and right,under the guise of some sort of social justice,that it is not working!!! Good, hard-working Society is who is suffering now.

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Posted by Joe
a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 19, 2016 at 7:48 am

Well at least he didn't speed.

Thumbs up to the observant Citizen and Danville Police.

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Posted by kkdkw
a resident of Los Cerros Middle School
on Jul 19, 2016 at 8:08 am

Joe, I'm in middle school and my reading comprehension tells me he did speed. it says "generally near or just above the posted speed limits". "just above posted speed limits" means he did speed, but you said "at least he didn't speed". [Portion removed due to disrespectful comment]

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Posted by C. R. Mudgeon
a resident of Danville
on Jul 19, 2016 at 9:09 pm

If the suspect was driving "at, or just above, posted speed limits", then he was probably being passed by most of the traffic on 680 and 580! 😄 In any case, good job by the DPD!

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