A man who led San Francisco police on a wild car chase through the city on Monday night during which an officer opened fire has been identified by police as Jacques Samuel.
Samuel, a San Francisco resident who was on felony probation, was booked into jail on suspicion of felony evading police, assault with a deadly weapon, hit-and-run causing injury and misdemeanor hit-and-run causing property damage, police spokesman Sgt. Eric O’Neal said.
The incident began around 8:50 p.m. near 25th and Dakota streets in the city’s Potrero Hill neighborhood, where police tried to pull over a car whose driver appeared to have a weapon or contraband in the passenger seat, police said.
However, the driver fled and was chased by officers onto Interstate Highway 280 and then onto 19th Avenue toward Golden Gate Park, according to police.
As he was traveling north on 19th Avenue just south of Taraval Street, the suspect maneuvered his vehicle to evade police and struck an officer, O’Neal said.
Another officer fired his gun but did not hit the suspect, according to O’Neal.
The suspect then continued driving, turning into a cul-de-sac near Waller and Stanyan streets and then crashing into a concrete barrier, police said.
He exited the car and tried to run away but was taken into custody. The driver, later identified as Samuel, was taken to San Francisco General Hospital to be treated for minor injuries before he was booked into jail, police said.
The officer struck by the vehicle was also taken to the hospital and was treated and released a short time later, O’Neal said.
Dan McMenamin, Bay City News