Two men were arrested after a vehicle pursuit that began in Concord and ended more than 50 miles away in Santa Clara Friday night, according to Concord police. At about 8:55 p.m., a Concord patrol officer at Olivera Road near state Highway 242 spotted a late-model Ford Mustang that had commercial license plates, according to Concord police Lt. Steve Dyer.
The officer became suspicious because it is illegal to have commercial plates on a personal vehicle. He ran the license plate number and discovered that the plates were registered to a 1997 Dodge pickup truck from Fairfield, Dyer said.
The officer turned on the lights in his patrol car and tried to pull over the Mustang. However the car sped up and entered southbound Highway 242 on a nearby onramp, according to Dyer. Two other Concord poice officers joined in the pursuit of the Mustang, Dyer said, along with a police dog and a sergeant. The group pursued the car for about 27 miles, to Pleasanton. That portion of the pursuit took about 15 minutes, Dyer said. The California Highway Patrol then took over the chase and pursued the car all the way to Santa Clara, Dyer said. At about 9:50 p.m., CHP officers contacted Concord police to say that the car had stopped in the city of Santa Clara, and two men were in custody, according to Dyer. CHP officers are still confirming the suspects’ identities and finding out more information about the Mustang and its plates, Dyer said.
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