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Newark police are searching for a 28-year-old man suspected of fleeing the scene of a car crash that occurred Thursday evening as police pursued him.Police said they located a loaded .357 Magnum revolver and marijuana inside a vehicle that was allegedly driven by Patrick Gregoire, who is wanted on two felony arrest warrants. At 5:07 p.m., an officer observed the vehicle make a traffic violation, then speed off on eastbound Cedar Boulevard.
While trying to locate the vehicle, the officer encountered a crash between the suspect’s vehicle and a second vehicle, police said. The driver of the second vehicle was transported to a hospital for a complaint of pain to his head and chest. Witnesses told police that the suspect’s vehicle had crossed into opposing traffic and collided head-on with the second vehicle before its driver fled on foot, possibly to the roof of a nearby shopping center.
Newark and Union City SWAT teams searched the building’s roof but did not locate the suspect. Police Detective Sgt. Mike Carroll said the search was called off at about 10 p.m.Gregoire was already wanted on two warrants in Alameda County and Newark for possession of stolen property and possession of narcotics for sale. Police described Gregoire as a white man who is 5 feet 11 inches tall, 180 pounds, has brown hair and brown eyes and is known to frequent the Newark, Fremont and Castro Valley areas.
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