Drunken driver leads CHP on pursuit

June 2, 2008 3:11:49 PM PDT
A suspected drunken driver was arrested early this morning after leading California Highway Patrol officers on a pursuit that began in Pittsburg, went west through Oakland and ended back in Antioch, CHP Officer Tom Maguire said today. A Contra Costa County Sheriff's deputy initially attempted to pull the driver over on suspicion of drunken driving, but the driver, later identified as 47-year-old Antioch resident Derek Talbert, reportedly sped away. The CHP was called to take over the chase at 11:57 p.m. when Talbert, who was driving a 2002 Chevy pickup truck, began heading westbound on state Highway 4 east of Loveridge Road in Pittsburg, Maguire said. Talbert reportedly merged from state Highway 4 onto westbound Interstate Highway 80. He took I-80 into Oakland, where he exited the highway and continued through city streets until he got onto eastbound state Highway 24 with CHP officers still in pursuit. From Highway 24, reportedly Talbert merged onto northbound Interstate Highway 680, then onto eastbound state Highway 4. The chase ended when Talbert allegedly stopped in front of his house on Buchanan Road in Antioch, where he was arrested. According to Maguire, Talbert was "extremely intoxicated" and had reportedly vomited on himself during the pursuit. He was arrested without further incident and booked into the Martinez Detention Facility on suspicion of drunken driving and failing to yield, Maguire said.

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