STREET VIOLENCE: Assailant strikes San Francisco police officer with truck – High speed chase naps suspect in Oakland

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The driver of a white pickup truck who struck a San Francisco police officer and led police on a high-speed chase across the Bay Bridge was taken into custody in Oakland, San Francisco police Sgt. Steve Mannina said this morning.

The incident began today at 1:30 a.m. when a San Francisco police officer was directing traffic at Harrison and Essex streets, Mannina said.

The suspect was driving a white pickup truck, possibly a Ford F150, eastbound in the westbound lanes of Harrison Street.

The officer attempted to wave the truck down and stop it, but the suspect did not decrease his speed and continued to drive toward the officer.

The officer fired at the truck just before the suspect struck him, Mannina said. The officer was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

After the suspect struck the officer he merged onto eastbound Interstate Highway 80. An off-duty San Francisco police officer witnessed the incident and pursued the suspect across the Bay Bridge into Alameda County, Mannina said.

The off-duty officer coordinated with other police officers and the suspect was stopped and arrested on Interstate Highway 880 at the Broadway exit in Oakland, Mannina said. The chase ended about 15 minutes after it began in San Francisco.

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