The man accused of stealing a construction vehicle from a work site in the Lower Haight on Wednesday before going on a wild ride, smashing into multiple vehicles and ultimately being subdued by firefighters, was identified by police as 21-year-old Tyrell Duncan, Officer Gordon Shyy said.
The incident began about 10 a.m. when Duncan is alleged to have taken the vehicle from the construction site at Haight and Laguna streets and, smashing vehicles along the way, made his way to South Van Ness Avenue and Mission Street, where he smashed cars in what appears to be a car wash parking lot, according to surveillance footage taken from the scene. About this time, police began following the wayward driver.
Duncan eventually made it to the intersection of Grove and Polk streets near City Hall, police said, and Tenderloin Station firefighters used one of their trucks to block his movement.
The suspect reportedly exited the stolen vehicle and was tackled by the firefighters. He was then arrested by police.
Duncan was booked on stolen vehicle charges, felony evading police, assault with a deadly weapon, multiple hit-and-run charges, driving without a license, possession of drug paraphernalia and multiple traffic infractions, Shyy said.
Duncan’s city of residence was not known Thursday morning.