A suspected thief led Foster City police on a dangerous pursuit on Saturday morning, at one point driving against traffic on state Highway 92 in an effort to get away. At about 7:10 a.m., Douglas Poechhacker, a 50-year-old resident of the Hayward area, was seen driving a Chevrolet Blazer near Comet and Bounty drives, Foster City police Capt. Dave Froomin said. When a patrol officer initiated a traffic stop, Poechhacker refused to pull over and a brief chase ensued, Froomin said.
The officer stopped the pursuit when Poechhacker entered a westbound Highway 92 off-ramp driving against traffic, Froomin said. A short time later, the suspect drove the Blazer through a barrier fence on the north side of Highway 92 and came out on East Third Avenue, Froomin said. Poechhacker then drove into San Mateo, where he abandoned the vehicle on Norfolk Street and fled on foot. Officers searched the SUV and found several thousand dollars’ worth of items that had been reported stolen from two storage lockers at an apartment complex in the 1400 block of Beach Park Boulevard, Froomin said.
The Blazer had been reported stolen from Hayward. At about 2 p.m., a Foster City police officer spotted Poechhacker walking on Edgewater Boulevard, and he was taken into custody without incident. He was booked into San Mateo County Jail for multiple offenses, including vehicle theft, receiving stolen property, felony evasion of an officer, and possession of burglary tools. Police believe Poechhacker could be connected to other cases of storage locker burglaries reported at apartment complexes in Foster City.
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