A man was arrested today in connection with a carjacking and injury hit and run incident in an unincorporated area of Concord, Contra Costa County Sheriff’s spokesman Jimmy Lee said. The sheriff’s office received a call around 1:20 p.m. from someone
reporting that a person had tried to take a vehicle from another individual near the parking lot at a Sam’s Club at 1225 Concord Ave. in Concord, according to Lee. The witness reported that the victim then chased the suspect on foot towards Interstate Highway 680, Lee said. The chase eventually ended at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, where sheriff’s deputies made contact with the
victim. Around 1:35 p.m., sheriff’s deputies were notified that a person matching the description of the auto burglary suspect had committed a carjacking at a lot behind the hotel, Lee said. The suspect had allegedly forced two people out of their car and then attempted to run them over, according to Lee. A male occupant was struck by the car and sustained minor injuries. A female occupant was run over and consequently suffered major injuries, Lee said. She was transported to a hospital, where she remains in serious but stable condition. According to Lee, the suspect then dumped the vehicle at the toll plaza parking lot of the Martinez-Benicia Bridge. At about 1:46 p.m., Martinez police responded to the area of Marina Vista at Interstate Highway 680 and located a person matching the suspect description reported in connection with the carjacking in Concord, according to police. Officers determined that the suspect, identified as Brian Parsons, 31, was on parole for robbery and attempted to arrest him. According to police, Parsons appeared agitated and resisted arrest. He appeared to be under the influence of methamphetamine. When officers handcuffed Parsons, he took off running, forcing a canine officer to deploy a police dog to catch him. Officers used a “WRAP,” a device designed to safely restrict movement, when Parsons continued struggling with officers. The sheriff’s office then responded and a person who had witnessed the carjacking identified Parsons as the suspect responsible. Parsons was taken to a hospital to receive treatment and was subsequently taken into custody by the sheriff’s office.
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