San Ramon police arrested a man who allegedly rammed his car into a police vehicle before leading officers on a chase through the city into Danville and then running on the outer side of a freeway overpass fence trying to escape Tuesday morning.
Police said they were able to subdue the suspect -- identified as Juan Vargas, 28, of Tracy -- with a Taser under the Interstate 680 overpass at Sycamore Valley Road to end the situation. Police allege he was driving a stolen car and is suspected of being involved in a recent burglary.
The incident began just before 8 a.m. on Tuesday, when an officer was making a stop on a vehicle near 5000 Crow Canyon Road in San Ramon, according to police.
The driver, later identified as Vargas, suddenly struck the police cruiser with his vehicle and then drove away from the area immediately, police said. Despite sustaining minor injuries that would later require treatment at an area hospital, the officer pursued the suspect as he drove down Crow Canyon Road toward the freeway.
The pursuit continued from Crow Canyon Road near Shoreline Drive onto I-680, where Vargas' vehicle began having unspecified engine issues, police said. The suspect eventually exited the freeway at Sycamore Valley Road and then proceeded to run away on foot.
After jumping the Sycamore Valley Road overpass fence, Vargas allegedly began running on the outside of the fence above the freeway -- the freeway was temporarily shut down in both directions for the suspect's safety, police said.
Police were able to apprehend the suspect underneath the west side of the Sycamore Valley Road overpass in Danville after he was struck with a Taser deployed by police officers.
Police alleged the suspect vehicle had false license plates and had been reported stolen out of San Francisco.
Vargas is also suspected of being involved in a recent local burglary according to police, who added that the man was placed under arrest on suspicion of assault against a peace officer, felony evasion, having an outstanding warrant out of San Joaquin County and probation violation.
Tuesday's confrontational arrest took place yards away from the site of the fatal police interaction exactly two months earlier in which Tyrell Wilson was shot by Danville officer Andrew Hall after the homeless man approached the officer knife-in-hand at the Sycamore Valley Road-Camino Ramon intersection. Wilson died at a local hospital from his injuries on March 17.