A parolee suspected of being drunk allegedly caused Thursday morning’s commute nightmare on the lower deck of the Bay Bridge after he crashed his car and shot off a gun during a failed attempt to flee from cops.
At 1:34 a.m., the California Highway Patrol reported, 29-year-old Oakland felon Antonio Roberson — who’s been convicted of human trafficking — was heading east when he crashed his 1984 Cadillac Eldorado into the guardrail near the S-curve.
When officers approached to help the driver and female passenger, gunfire erupted, CHP Officer Mark Ferguson said. Roberson then allegedly tried to drive away in the busted car, which only made it a few hundred yards before stalling, Ferguson said.
Roberson and his passenger, 26-year-old Australian national Olivia Breheny, were taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries that appeared to be related to the crash.
The CHP did not immediately locate a firearm. However, it planned to book Roberson on weapons and felony DUI charges after his hospital stay. Roberson is currently on parole for a human trafficking conviction that involved a minor, Ferguson said.
Breheny was questioned and released, the CHP said. Her relationship to Roberson was not disclosed.
An investigation involving the CHP and San Francisco police shut down eastbound lanes of the bridge, causing major delays Thursday morning. All lanes reopened by 10 a.m.