San Francisco Bay Area Violent Crime

Driver Shot by CHP on Bay Bridge

A driver of a red Cadillac who was shot by a California Highway Patrol officer this morning on the Bay Bridge is in stable condition, CHP Officer Vu Williams said.

As of 5:13 p.m. the driver was reported to be in stable condition at a hospital. A collision early this morning about a mile west of the Bay Bridge toll plaza closed the eastbound lanes of the bridge at about 3:25 a.m.

About 15 to 20 minutes later, an officer saw a red Cadillac coming down the right shoulder. Multiple commands were given to the driver to stop, but the driver failed to heed, Williams said.

According to Williams, the officer felt threatened and fired on the driver. Williams said the driver was struck by the bullets. Paramedics attended to the person, who was taken to a hospital. Williams said once the driver is well enough, the person will be booked into jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and possibly other offenses. The Cadillac was not involved in the earlier collision.

The eastbound lanes of the Bay Bridge reopened at about 10 a.m. Some motorists who were traveling to the East Bay were temporarily trapped on the bridge following the collision. Williams said, “We turned them around so they could travel westbound in the eastbound lanes,” since those lanes were closed, and the motorists went to Treasure Island. Then they got on the westbound lanes and returned to San Francisco.

Two Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District buses were trapped on the bridge temporarily, AC Transit spokesman Robert Lyles said. The drivers of the buses drove to Treasure Island and went back to San Francisco. AC Transit rerouted eastbound buses across the Golden Gate Bridge, through Marin County and across the San Rafael Bridge into the East Bay.

The closure also affected San Francisco Municipal Railway bus line 25, which takes people to Treasure Island, Muni spokesman Paul Rose said.

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