A Martinez man was arrested this morning after allegedly crashing a stolen car while fleeing police on state Highway 24 in Lafayette and Orinda. Lafayette police said officers responded around 6:35 a.m. to a report of a suspicious circumstance near Pleasant Hill Road and Stanley Boulevard in Lafayette and found a man driving a Honda Accord that had been reported stolen out of Martinez.
Officers ordered the suspect out of the car but he drove off, prompting a pursuit. At one point during the chase, the suspect nearly hit a police vehicle and then continued onto westbound Highway 24, police said. Police said the man crashed the stolen car into a light pole at the Wilder Road exit in Orinda and fled the scene on foot. Officers later found and apprehended the man with the aid of a police K-9. The suspect, identified as 30-year-old Jack Davey, was arrested and taken to county jail in Martinez.