Three suspects were taken into custody after leading San Francisco police on a high-speed pursuit through the southern part of the city on Tuesday afternoon, police said.
The incident began at about 4:45 p.m. Tuesday near the intersection of Third Street and Le Conte Avenue in the city’s Bayview District, where officers were investigating a stolen vehicle they found unoccupied and parked in the area, police said.
The officers then saw a Honda Accord drive past with three people inside and, after doing a license plate check of the vehicle, determined it too had been stolen in a carjacking from two days earlier, according to police.
That carjacking, which occurred in the 1200 block of Lane Street, involved a car owner who was yanked out of the driver’s seat of the Honda by three suspects who threw him to the ground, robbed him and drove away in his vehicle, police said.
The officers began to pursue the Honda, which eventually got onto U.S. Highway 101, increased its speed, then got off the highway on the exit to Alemany Boulevard, according to police.
The vehicle then ran through several red lights as the suspects fled from the officers, who then lost sight of the car, police said.
Minutes later, other officers found the car abandoned in the 400 block of Gaven Street. A witness told police that he saw three male suspects jump out of the car and run away onto Bowdoin Street.
The suspects were each eventually found nearby and taken into custody, police said.
The driver of the vehicle was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and was arrested on suspicion of carjacking, possession of stolen property, the narcotics offense and probation violation, according to police.
The suspect determined to be in the passenger seat of the car was booked on an outstanding DUI warrant out of Alameda County, while the third suspect was identified and later released pending further investigation, police said.
The names of the suspects were not immediately available, according to police.
Dan McMenamin, Bay City News