The incident began around 9:30 a.m. when officers attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation, San Pablo police said.
The vehicle sped away toward Richmond, according to police. San Pablo officers stopped pursuing the car and a few minutes later learned that it had crashed a half-mile away.
Aftermath of police pursuit in Richmond. Car with top cut off crashed into several cars before landing on sidewalk. pic.twitter.com/6Z8Yyeww96— Laura Anthony (@LauraAnthony7) November 11, 2015
Richmond Fire Battalion Chief Oscar Jones said at least seven cars were struck by the suspect vehicle when it crashed near the intersection of 29th Street and McBryde Avenue at 9:37 a.m.
The driver in the suspect vehicle had to be extricated and was immediately transported by helicopter to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek for serious injuries, Jones said.
Correction: Video from Rudy Sorto. pic.twitter.com/8P2WpO8nl5— Laura Anthony (@LauraAnthony7) November 11, 2015
A woman was in the first car that was struck and was taken to a hospital for an evaluation after initially refusing medical assistance, Jones said.
There were no other injuries associated with the crash, but Jones said many of the cars involved in the crash sustained major damage.
Police say pursuit called off one minute before this driver crashed into nine cars. San Pablo PD tried to make stop. pic.twitter.com/2LjjSR9J6N— Laura Anthony (@LauraAnthony7) November 11, 2015
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