One Arrested After Stolen Vehicle Pursuit In Pleasant Hill, Concord

January 12, 2020 19:57 pm · 10 comments

One person was arrested and another was being sought Sunday night after Contra Costa County Sheriff’s deputies tried to pull over a vehicle reported as stolen, a Sheriff’s sergeant said.

Deputies reported spotting the stolen car at about 4:45 p.m. Sunday on Pacheco Boulevard in the unincorporated area between Pleasant Hill and Martinez, according to Sheriff’s Sgt. Scott Dickerson. The car fled from deputies, going the wrong way on Pacheco Boulevard and getting into a minor accident before getting onto Interstate Highway 680 at Concord Avenue in Pleasant Hill.

Dickerson said the stolen car then left I-680 at Willow Pass Road, where the driver abandoned the car, which had a flat tire from the collision, Dickerson said.

While deputies took a passenger in the car into custody, the driver fled into a parking structure on the south end of the nearby Sunvalley Mall. Though Sheriff’s deputies and Concord police officers guarded entrances to the mall, Dickerson said it’s unlikely the suspect ever entered the mall.

While the driver had yet to be captured by 7 p.m. Sunday, the stolen car’s passenger was arrested on suspicion of obstructing a law enforcement officer.

The stolen vehicle will be reunited with its owner, Dickerson said.

Pat January 12, 2020 at 8:25 PM

Let me guess.. these upstanding citizens have records, warrants and are on parole?

Big Rob January 13, 2020 at 7:32 AM

The passenger was charged with obstruction of a law officer? They must be trying to get him to identify the driver. That charge won’t stick because they weren’t driving!

Jeff January 13, 2020 at 8:30 AM

Nice work by CoCo and the other agencies. Let’s hope the passenger rolls over and maybe video from the mall.


Ilovepopcorn January 13, 2020 at 9:06 AM

To me the best part of this story is that the stolen vehicle 🚗 was returned to the owners! To have your car gone and stolen would be terrible. Think how much you need you car! As for the crook, I wish they would stay in jail awhile but in California, our laws are way too easy on these people. We need new laws to stop theft. I was at Home Depot in Danville a few days ago and the man in front of me, was caught stealing tools he had
stuck in layers in bags of mulch. The cashier had sent for one of the employees who’s used to this and he pulled everything apart to them out and told him to stop doing that that’s all he did they didn’t even have him arrested. And the cashier told me that Home DEPOT has a rule not to call authorities. She said that he has a friend that did the same thing right before he got there and they had just been through the same experience with that other man. It made me very upset to see that cocky little coward strut away. Grrrrrr

Carnac the Magnificent January 13, 2020 at 12:02 PM

@ Ilovepopcorn

We had laws such as shoplift burglary – 460(b) PC, petty theft with priors 666 PC, but with the passage of prop 47 the “Reduced Penalties for Some Crimes Initiative” they were either stricken from the books such as 666 PC, or the maximum penalties were reduced to misdemeanors.

Crimes that before prop 47 could have been prosecuted or at least allowed the police to book a suspects into county jail as felonies such as Grand Theft 487 PC or Shoplift Burglary 460(B) PC are now only misdemeanor due to the value threshold of the stolen items being raised to $950 and the inability to apply 460(b) to Shoplift Burglary where there is no value attached only the intent to enter into an inhabited dwelling to commit theft or any other felony.

The practical affect is suspects who would have been cooling their heels in county jail on a felonies (unable to continue their criminal activities) are now cite released, as is required by law, on a misdemeanor(s). This revolving door allows them to continue their ways with very minimal disruption to their activities and minimal danger of any real punishment for those activities that got them arrested in the first place.

Over 60% of California “informed” votes approved Prop 47 the “Reduced Penalties for Some Crimes Initiative” so I can only assume this is what the majority wanted so get used to it.

But then again what do you care? Most of the police and government are corrupt anyway. Isn’t that the comment you made agreeing with TraumaRX recently?

Sign from Above January 13, 2020 at 3:22 PM

Carmac is spot on! It amazes me to read these post from people upset about how bad things are getting! It’s the uneducated voting population who are to blame. You know, those people that base their decisions on who has the flashiest signs or advertisements! California’s have been asking for this for some time. Well, guess what, it’s here! So, as they say, suck it up buttercup! This is the new norm until the voters wake up. You may as well get used to it!

sam malone January 13, 2020 at 9:55 AM

and those of us that are honest get hit with higher costs due to AB 47. This is such a joke that the police can’t do their jobs and we keep getting hit with higher costs of everything.

concord grape January 13, 2020 at 4:48 PM

Crime pays

George Kimmel January 13, 2020 at 9:20 PM

Please do something with Meadow lane !!

Jeff January 14, 2020 at 7:56 AM


The police do the best they can, with the above listed handicaps. Better be prepared to do something about Meadow Ln yourself.


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