Orinda police car slams into brick wall of Wells Fargo Bank while pursuing another vehicle: sheriff

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Friday, August 25, 2023
Orinda police car slams into brick wall of bank
An Orinda police car crashed into a Wells Fargo bank on Moraga Way Thursday night.

ORINDA, Calif. (KGO) -- An Orinda police car crashed into a Wells Fargo bank on Moraga Way.

The car slammed through the brick wall and shattered multiple windows.

Mahboud Zabetian lives down the street and took the video. He said he heard the crash Thursday before midnight.

"We hear screeching car noises and the first set of noises seem to make it around the turn, and the second set crashed into a building or sounded just horrible," Zabetian said. "We came running out to see that there was a car inside the bank. As we got a little closer, we realized it was a police car."

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The video shows an officer on a stretcher getting pulled into an emergency vehicle.

"I did not expect him to be okay," Zabetian said. "It was nice to see that he got out on his own accord."

Zabetian's footage shows other police who arrived to investigate.

Wells Fargo sent a statement saying in part: "The safety of our employees and customers is our top priority, and we are thankful that no physical injuries were reported."

The Contra Costa Sheriff's Office released a statement Friday: "On Thursday, August 24, 2023, at about 11:32 p.m., while attempting to catch up to a vehicle believed to be involved in criminal activity, an Orinda police officer collided into the Wells Fargo Bank on Moraga Way in Orinda. The officer was taken to a local hospital where he was treated and released."

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