Police pursuit prompts school lockdown

March 31, 2009 10:01:24 AM PDT
A suspected car thief was arrested in Pleasanton Monday after a foot pursuit that prompted the brief lockdown of a local high school.

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Officers responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle on School Street at around 10 a.m. They located a 1994 silver Volkswagen Jetta that had been reported stolen out of Concord on March 21, Pleasanton police said.

Officers saw two people get into the car outside a home in the 4100 block of School Street. The pair drove toward Santa Rita Road, where officers initiated a traffic stop, police said.

When the car stopped, the driver, later identified as 22-year-old Kyle Rivas, allegedly exited the vehicle and ran across Santa Rita Road toward Amador Valley High School, where assisting officers apprehended him, according to police.

A school lockdown that had been initiated was quickly canceled after Rivas was taken into custody, police said.

Rivas was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle and booked at Santa Rita Jail.

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