An Oakland man was arrested after he led police on a chase and then crashed into three cars in Livermore this morning, a police sergeant said. Shortly before 7 a.m., a suspicious person was reported in the 5000 block of Preston Avenue, Livermore police Sgt. John Hurd said. Those calls were followed by reports of a suspicious person in the 4700 block of Arroyo Vista, Hurd said. Officers responded and saw a truck used to transport sheets of glass leaving the area quickly, police said.
The officers tried to stop the driver but he refused to yield, instead heading east on Las Positas Road, according to Hurd. The man was driving erratically, and the officers decided to end the pursuit, police said. A short time later, the driver crossed lanes of traffic and crashed into three cars near Bennett Drive, police said. The truck tipped over in the crash and landed on its side. The fire department was notified of the collision at 7:13 a.m.
Five people who were in the cars that were hit were taken to hospitals with minor injuries, Hurd said. Police arrested the driver, identified as Arthur Salvetti, a 43-year-old transient, on suspicion of driving a stolen vehicle and evading police, Hurd said. Investigators contacted the owner of the glass truck and learned that the vehicle had been stolen from the 4700 block of Arroyo Vista, police said. The intersection where the crash occurred was shut down until about 9 a.m., Hurd said.
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