Man arrested in chase that ended in downtown SF crash charged 

A man who allegedly led police in a chase from the Bayview to downtown Monday where he rammed his car into traffic before being arrested has been booked on five felony charges related to the incident, according to police.

According to police Michael Cortez, who was arrested after the crash, is a member of a prison gang, was on parole for a felony assault conviction and on probation for attempted murder in San Francisco. He had a burglary warrant out of San Mateo County.

When Bayview Police officers tried to arrest Cortez at around 5;30 p.m. Monday near the intersection of Innes Ave and Coleman Street in Hunters Point, Cortez got into his car and fled.

The pursuit ended at 5th and Mission streets when Cortez struck two cars and injured at least two motorist who sustained non-life threatening injuries.

Cortez was booked on a felony count of assaulting a police officer; felony reckless evasion, felony hit and run with injuries, and felony evading a police officers, resisting arrest and probation violation.

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Jonah Owen Lamb

Jonah Owen Lamb

Born and raised on a houseboat in Sausalito, Lamb has written for newspapers in New York City, Utah and the San Joaquin Valley. He was most recently an editor at the San Luis Obispo Tribune for nearly three years. He has written for The S.F. Examiner since 2013 and covers criminal justice and planning.
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