A Tri-Valley man was taken into custody early Saturday morning after allegedly leading Pleasanton Police in a chase that ended when his van caught fire shortly after driving over a spike strip at San Ramon.
The arrested person – a 60-year-old man from Pleasanton – eventually surrendered with his burning vehicle and a Pleasanton K-9 police unit on site to assist with the apprehension, according to San Ramon Tami Police Lt. Williams.
The incident crossed the city limits of San Ramon just before 2 a.m. on Saturday, with the Pleasanton Police Department requesting assistance in pursuing a vehicle entering San Ramon Police jurisdiction, according to Williams.
Police deployed a spike strip on Bollinger Canyon Road, which the suspect’s van rolled over, then continued to move west for about a quarter of a mile before coming to a stop near the North intersection Gale Ridge Road, Williams said.
“The suspect tried to escape, but the vehicle was immobilized and the vehicle started to overheat, causing a fire,” said the lieutenant. “Pleasanton PD was on site with his K9 unit to assist with apprehension. The vehicle quickly ignited, forcing the driver to exit the vehicle.”