Gun-toting driver fires at CHP during chase through downtown San Francisco 

A gun-toting Volvo driver led California Highway Patrol officers on a medium-speed chase through the streets of downtown San Francisco late Saturday, firing shots at the officers before plowing into parked cars and bailing out, authorities said.

The treacherous incident began with a simple traffic stop.

CHP officers tried to pull over the driver of a 2008 Volvo XC90 sport-utility vehicle for running a red light at Beale and Bryant streets under the Bay Bridge at about 11:15 p.m., CHP spokesman Tony Tam said.

The driver took off, driving on city streets at speeds up to about 40 mph, according to Tam.

During the pursuit, the driver turned and fired at the officers, Tam said. He said the bullets missed.

Minutes after the chase began, the driver hit several vehicles near Sansome and Jackson streets and jumped out of the car, Tam said.

“However, he left the car running, so it continued on and crashed into one of the garage buildings there,” he said.
No officers or citizens were injured, Tam said.

A CHP helicopter and K-9 units scoured the area near the Transamerica building but were unable to find the suspect. A joint investigation with the San Francisco Police Department is still ongoing.

Tam said the suspect, described only as an African-American man about 25 years old, may have shed his jacket during the foot chase, complicating the search.

“We don’t know who he is,” Tam said.

Police responded to the San Francisco home where the registered owner of the vehicle was living, Tam said, but further information about what was found was not immediately available.

Tam said his agency is investigating the collision and San Francisco police are handling the shooting investigation.

Police did not immediately provide further information Sunday about the investigation.


aburack@sfexaminer.com

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