Surveillance Camera Spots Stolen Car, Suspect Caught Minutes Later

Surveillance Camera Spots Stolen Car, Suspect Caught Minutes Later
Photo: scene of Hurst’s crash

DANVILLE — It seems like déjà vu for a suspect who was previously arrested twice for vehicle theft as he’s back in jail again on suspicion of stealing another vehicle last weekend.

An automated license plate reader alerted the Danville Police Department that a car reported stolen in Oakland was driving through Danville during the afternoon of April 14.

About six minutes later at 3:01 p.m., a Danville officer located the stolen car traveling westbound on Camino Tassajara at Woodside Drive. The driver attempted to flee from the officer, which prompted a brief chase.

While fleeing westbound at a high rate of speed, the driver lost control of the car and crashed into trees on the highway median before coming to a halt in the eastbound lanes.

The driver fled from the car on foot but was captured a few moments later by the officer.

The driver, identified as Christopher Hurst, 49 of Milpitas, suffered minor injuries from the crash. Hurst was transported to a hospital in Walnut Creek for medical treatment.

Upon release from the hospital, Hurst was transported to West County Detention Facility in Richmond where he remains in custody with bail for his release denied.

Hurst is facing charges for grand theft of lost property, possession of burglar tools and possession of a controlled substance.

Hurst has several prior arrests on his rap sheet, including arrests in Pittsburg and San Benito for vehicle theft. He was also previously arrested on charges for drugs, possession of burglary tools, identity theft, forgery, and making threats of violence.

Surveillance Camera Spots Stolen Car, Suspect Caught Minutes Later was last modified: April 19th, 2018 by admin
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