UPDATE: Brief Pursuit of Burglary Suspect Led to Crash Near BART Tracks in Walnut Creek

March 31, 2016 9:10 am · 36 comments

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Police were involved in a minute-long vehicle pursuit with a residential burglary suspect this morning in Walnut Creek that led to a crash along a BART trackway, a police lieutenant said.

The incident began shortly before 7:30 a.m. when officers were dispatched to a report that a home was broken into on Walnut Boulevard, Walnut Creek police Lt. Lanny Edwards said.

Arriving at the scene, officers found a suspect who immediately got into a vehicle and began to drive away, Edwards said.

A vehicle pursuit ensued but ended only a minute later when the suspect crashed his car into a fence next to BART tracks at Walden and Jones roads, Edwards said.

The suspect fled on foot after the crash, hopping fences and trying to evade officers through the backyards of several homes, Edwards said.

Pursuing officers apprehended him at 7:37 a.m., not far from where the crash occurred, Edwards said.

Edwards was not immediately able to release the name of the suspect, but said he was a parolee.

His crashed vehicle pushed the fence within about three feet of the BART tracks between the Pleasant Hill and Walnut Creek stations, causing major delays on the Pittsburg-Bay Point line, BART spokesman Jim Allison said.

Allison said trains had to single-track through the area while crews removed the vehicle. He said the car was removed and service began again in both directions as of about 8:40 a.m.

Certain eastbound trains on the Pittsburg-Bay Point line that only run during commute hours had to turn around at the Lafayette station as a result of the incident, he said.

photo credit: Allan Kober

1 Snauwsher March 31, 2016 at 9:18 AM

Is this why the helicopter was hovering just north of the accident?

2 CLAYCORD.com March 31, 2016 at 9:19 AM

Yes.

3 ale March 31, 2016 at 9:20 AM

Taking BART was/is an absolute nightmare this morning. 50 minutes later and after changing trains once we made it to MacArthur from concord. Now if only I could make it the rest of the way to work.

4 Anonymous March 31, 2016 at 9:31 AM

Another parolee in another burglary and another chase. Next week another…

Thanks democrats.

5 Mike Ro March 31, 2016 at 9:34 AM

He seems to have also come to a stop along a red curb, I hope he gets a ticket for that as well.

6 Dood March 31, 2016 at 9:37 AM

How much did THIS fence cost?

7 Shirley S. March 31, 2016 at 9:39 AM

Oh BART, it seems everyday there is an issue with you. You are our only means of public transportation from the East Bay, and for years you were great. You got us to work and back in a timely manner, You were a great value for our wallets. You were somewhat clean and almost always on time and very reliable. But alas, you have become more of a burden than a convenience of late. You are government owned/run, yet have no one that can figure out your electrical problems? How can we sympathize with you, the governmental body of our America? You charge us a lot of money every day, including parking fees, and expect us to deal with your mechanical issues, dirty cars, heating and air conditioning issues on trains, horrible, inexperienced drivers (who have even had a child calling out the stations on a busy commuter train, which you couldn’t understand, even if you spoke baby talk), crime, police activities, delays, union work stoppages and excuses? You, BART, are a monopoly, since the only other way for the hard-working East Bay people to get to work would be to drive (sitting in traffic for hours) and pay exorbitant San Francisco parking fees. Some days I wish you would be overtaken by a corporation, full of business people, white and blue color workers, and people who can get things done and fixed in a timely fashion. Unlike the governmental bureaucracy that you are, we could be enjoying updated trains, experienced driving professionals and probably enjoyable elevator music in our trains, as well as cameras that really work that would control crime, and a smoother, on-time commute, experienced drivers, because a corporation would hire experience employees and outside contractors that would be able to drive a BART train, and fix any electrical or mechanical issue that you and your union workers can’t seem to solve!!! I think we need a public outcry for BART to sell their company to a corporation, who will be able to get things done!

8 Mac March 31, 2016 at 9:44 AM

I was wondering why that chopper was up there…..Thanks

9 TIFOKCIS March 31, 2016 at 9:47 AM

He is going to plead out to anything non-violent. Another stat on ‘low level offenders’ and dangerous idiots released back onto the streets, just like ‘low level offender’ James Jarred.

You can claim evading isn’t violent until You or Yours is run down, but it’ll be the polices’ fault for chasing them, right moron?

Next time he’ll shoot someone or run them down escaping and everyone will be shocked ‘ this happened in our community’.

Wake up people.

10 TinFoiler March 31, 2016 at 9:51 AM

Why was BART affected? The photos show that the BART main is fine.

11 THE ANIMAL March 31, 2016 at 10:41 AM

It’s too bad he didn’t land on the third rail and fry himself……………

12 Safety Second March 31, 2016 at 10:44 AM

@ Shirley #7….you nailed it, though no one else to blame but the dumbass Claycord voters who elect the career whore politicians who cater to public sector unions who amass unfunded pensions that will have to be paid by our great grandchildren. Liberalism IS a mental disorder:(

13 Does anybody think that "DRUGS" where involved? March 31, 2016 at 10:56 AM

So if you where in a position to make the decision on how to stop criminals what would you do?

And Why?

14 @Kid March 31, 2016 at 10:56 AM

If you’re the grammar police, you should be fired for that “sentence”.

15 G March 31, 2016 at 11:06 AM

Bahhaaha, I agree with #15. I had to read that sentence twice… Not the best use of grammar for being a part of the grammar police.

16 LB March 31, 2016 at 11:15 AM

Chopper was over head. Figured something was happening.

17 Mark March 31, 2016 at 11:19 AM

Why run? It’s only a ticket for residential burglary.

18 Cowellian March 31, 2016 at 11:19 AM

Kid@11 is guilty of impersonating the police as well as official misconduct.

19 @Shirley S March 31, 2016 at 11:36 AM

What you said..

20 Ricardoh March 31, 2016 at 11:54 AM

Word to all potential thieves and villains learn how to drive before you take up your career.

21 Lex Luther March 31, 2016 at 11:54 AM

The nerve of some people. Of course he’d have to go crash into BART. I can see commuters lighting up torches, lol .. This guy just created another delay, making BART look bad unfortunately to everyone on board. What an idiot.

22 Silva March 31, 2016 at 12:00 PM

Kid #11, Fail.

23 Jojo Potato March 31, 2016 at 12:20 PM

@TinFoiler : because in order to scare us citizens into voting for BART’s $3.5 billion bond issue they (BART) need to present the system as needing lots of upgrades/repairs. In fact the tree was not anywhere near the tracks. On another note, it’s difficult to imagine how the suspect got from Walnut Blvd over to Jones Rd in a “minute” since there was a crew this morning digging up the street for what looks like a new water service to a house on Walnut very near the corner with Seven Hills Ranch Rd. Did the flag man wave him through? He was playing on his phone when I went through a short time later.

24 Really ??? March 31, 2016 at 12:24 PM

So not only did the idiot break into someone’s home, he affected hundreds of commuters days and countless amounts of company unproductivity due to their employee’s arriving late. What a moron!!

25 Mom of the Horde March 31, 2016 at 12:25 PM

Ah, that would be why there were 4 police vehicles parked in front of WCI around the same time..

26 Cellophane March 31, 2016 at 12:33 PM

The guy is on probation? HA! Almost everyone committing a crime these days is on probation.

Yup, he’ll be cited and then never bother to show up for his court date. No one will ever bother him until he commits even more crimes and only then if they are over $950.

The liberal laws proposed and approved by the bleeding hearts are destroying this culture.

27 bored@work March 31, 2016 at 12:33 PM

Ever since the opening of those low income apartments (The Arboleda) on Third Ave in WC last spring, there has been an increase in vehicle break in’s and residential burglaries in the Larkey Park neighborhood. Coincidence? It’s not the people living there that we worry about either, it’s their visitors. They park along the side streets and sit in their cars drinking and smoking weed. Then they just toss all their trash out the windows and drive off. WC police need to re-focus more on neighborhood patrols and less on minor traffic violations before this problem escalates.

28 TheGhetto March 31, 2016 at 12:39 PM

This is a runner up for world’s craziest police chases.

29 Mike Ro March 31, 2016 at 12:59 PM

Here is the winner, on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/joel.steffenson

30 Nokeem March 31, 2016 at 1:58 PM

Has the parolee/dirtbag been released yet? Oh right, he didn’t rob a bank, so we probably won’t get any further information, like a name and booking photo. If he robbed a bank, his pic would be everywhere! A photo of this creep might help us, the non-banks, so we might recognize him while he’s casing our neighborhood.
Did the $950 limitation apply? $950 or less and you go free. I see the car wasn’t stolen. A new plus. Hooray for catching (and releasing) another criminal.

31 LSV March 31, 2016 at 2:05 PM

Funny there is only one person commenting about the house being broke in to. This was my family/friends home. The guy was in the house when the resident found out his home had been broken in to. Dangerous event, thank God the honeowner is safe and. Thank God we have police officers who risk their lives for us in situations Iike these. Good job WC PD.
Glad every one is safe. Super scary.

32 PO'd March 31, 2016 at 3:04 PM

After the state made it more comfortable for the “Don’t Make It/Take It” class to exist, more and more robberies happen, and they can happen anywhere.
This is the new “Normal”, and without any real opposition from conservatives, there is little to no hope that any real change will occur. This dovetails in with the post about Prop 47 going easy on burglars and robbers.
This is all you can realistically expect. More smashed windows, more phones stolen, more bicycles stolen, more catalytic converters stolen, more Hondas stolen. more burglaries, more chases, more BART issues, and on and on…….
You have been sold to the Socialist-Democrats, whom consider the perps to be the victims.

33 Bob Foo March 31, 2016 at 4:15 PM

@7:

How exactly is it BART’s fault that someone happened to crash through their fence?

Also, BART has hired outside contractors to look into the current electrical issues, and even the outside contractors can’t figure it out.

34 Thanks WCPD March 31, 2016 at 4:25 PM

Great police response, WCPD does not dance! And Joel Steffington, stay the heck out of Walnut Creek, you complete and utter loser!!!

35 debdvo April 1, 2016 at 11:01 AM

OH- I hadn’t gotten thru all the comments and didn’t see an update note from Claycord…….

36 mezwik April 3, 2016 at 9:14 AM

FYI he is a cho-mo too. Lock him up in general population so we can be rid of him

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