San Francisco burglary suspect puts faith in random driver in failed getaway attempt 

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A fleeing burglary suspect who has apparently watched too many action films hopped onto the roof of a moving vehicle last week in the Excelsior district, hollering at the driver through the sunroof to “speed up,” police reported.

But instead of barely escaping the law, the suspect was arrested after reportedly being thrown off the car on Alemany Boulevard when the driver sped up for a short distance and then slammed on the brakes.

James Pace, 34, was not seriously injured after hitting the ground, but was nabbed by cops after a foot chase.

The ordeal began when a resident of the 200 block of Russia Street reported a burglary about 8 a.m. She said she was walking near her home and passed a man who was pushing a laundry basket containing what looked like her television. When the woman got home, police said, she realized she had been burglarized.

Officers first spotted Pace in a laundromat near Onondaga Avenue and Mission Street.

“The suspect, spotting the officer, ran out,” police reported.

That’s when Pace thought he could get away by jumping onto the roof of the moving car, police said. But that only led to more criminal charges once he was caught at Alemany Boulevard and Ocean Avenue.

Pace has been charged with attempted carjacking, kidnapping and criminal threats, along with several burglary counts, Assistant District Attorney Alex Bastian said. Pace pleaded not guilty to the charges Tuesday and remains in custody on $250,000 bail.

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