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* Alameda Co Car Chase Ends In Fatal Crash In Castro Valley

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A car chase through Alameda County ended in death this morning when an impaired driver attempting to evade officers lost control of his vehicle at a Castro Valley intersection and was killed, a sheriff’s spokesman said.At around 2 a.m., a sheriff’s deputy in unincorporated Hayward reported seeing a vehicle being driven erratically, at one point driving in reverse against traffic, Alameda County sheriff Sgt. J.D. Nelson said.The deputy pulled up to the vehicle and spoke briefly with the driver, asking “if everything was alright,” Nelson said. The officer determined that the driver was clearly impaired and initiated a traffic stop. The driver refused to pull over and instead fled east on to Lewelling Boulevard.The suspect was chased until he accessed state Highway 238 and headed east, Nelson said. As the pursuing deputy was aware of active construction work on portions of the highway in the area, he determined that a high-speed pursuit through the zone could be extremely hazardous to workers, himself and the suspect, and he terminated the chase.Lane closures prompted the suspect to exit Highway 238 at the first available off ramp, which led on to Foothill Boulevard, Nelson said. Another sheriff’s deputy spotted the suspect and picked up the pursuit.The suspect reportedly pulled over and briefly stopped after turning left on to Grove Way, Nelson said. When the deputy pulled over behind him, the suspect took off again. Approaching an intersection with Redwood Road, the suspect lost control of his vehicle, clipped a parked car, struck a traffic light and crashed, Nelson said. The suspect was ejected from the vehicle, which burst into flames, and was killed.The suspect’s identity was being withheld this morning pending notification of next of kin, Nelson said. More details regarding the suspect and his state of impairment when he died this morning are under investigation at the coroner’s bureau.

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