SF firefighters help police arrest man after wild stolen-vehicle ride through city 

A man suspected of stealing a construction vehicle from the Lower Haight and crashing it into many other vehicles on a wild ride toward City Hall was tackled and detained by firefighters before being taken into custody by police, Officer Gordon Shyy said.

The suspect, a man in his 20s that police have yet to identify, reportedly stole the vehicle from the intersection of Haight and Laguna streets about 10 a.m., Shyy said, near the construction site at the UC Berkeley Extension campus where the Silly Pink Bunny sculpture used to be located.

The suspect then drove to South Van Ness Avenue and Mission Street where he struck more cars before driving the wrong way on 11th Street, Shyy said. At that time, police observed the man driving the wrong way and began to pursue him.

Officers followed the suspect to Grove and Polk streets, where he abandoned the stolen vehicle and fled, Shyy said. At Grove and Larkin streets, a group of firefighters tackled him to the ground and he was arrested by police.

The suspect was booked on stolen vehicle and several hit-and-run charges, Shyy said. The incident is still under investigation and police do not know if the suspect was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

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