A man who allegedly rammed a stolen truck into a police officer in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood Friday afternoon was arrested and identified as 32-year-old city resident Jose Lopez, a police spokesman said today. Around 4 p.m., officers in a marked patrol vehicle found a truck reported stolen that was parked in the 300 block of Ellis Street, San Francisco police spokesman Officer Gordon Shyy said.
The officers waited for the driver to return to the vehicle. At about 4:30 p.m. a suspect, later identified as Lopez, got into the truck and started to drive away, Shyy said. The officers attempted to pull over the truck, but Lopez drove off and struck the rear of a taxi. The driver — the only person in the cab — was not injured, Shyy said. As Lopez tried to drive around the cab, he allegedly struck an officer who had gotten out of his patrol vehicle, according to Shyy.
The officer was treated for complaint of pain at the scene and did not require further medical attention, Shyy said. Lopez then drove south on Jones Street and turned east onto Turk Street, going against traffic, Shyy said. His truck had been badly damaged in the earlier collisions and stalled on Turk Street.
The suspect then got out and started running east on Turk, according to Shyy. Officers ran after him and detained him on Taylor Street. Lopez was arrested on suspicion of stolen vehicle, assault with a deadly weapon, possession of burglary tools, resisting arrest and driving on a suspended license charges, as well as a probation violation, according to Shyy.
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