A man was arrested after a brief pursuit that ended when the vehicle he was driving struck a man and a tree outside a home in San Leandro this evening, a police lieutenant said. The incident began shortly before 5:10 p.m. when an officer saw a vehicle driving erratically near the intersection of Purdue Street and Oberlin Avenue, San Leandro police Lt. Jeff Tudor said. The officer tried to initiate a traffic stop, but the vehicle took off, starting a pursuit that lasted only a couple minutes until the vehicle crashed into a tree in the front yard of a home near the corner of Hickory Avenue and Acacia Street, Tudor said. The vehicle also struck a man in the yard. The victim was taken to a local hospital to be treated for his injuries and was later released, according to Tudor. The vehicle’s driver, whose identity has not yet been released, was arrested on suspicion of evading a police officer, hit and run, felony driving under the influence, and resisting arrest, Tudor said.
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