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A Walnut Creek man was arrested after he allegedly rammed three police patrol cars late Friday night in Concord, police said today.

Joseph Cormier, 63, was stopped by police at 11:30 p.m. at Concord Boulevard and Clayton Way for an alleged vehicle code violation. Cormier was driving a van. Police said during the stop Cormier allegedly rammed a patrol car and disabled it. Police allege Cormier drove away and another officer started chasing him when he allegedly rammed two more patrol cars.

Police said those two cars also were disabled so police put out a “Be on the lookout” alert to neighboring agencies and someone spotted the van on a freeway. Officers tried to stop Cormier but he allegedly sped away. Cormier returned to Concord where he pulled over and was arrested.

The officers involved in the crashes suffered minor injuries but did not need to go to a hospital, Sgt. Kyle Colvin said. Police said they arrested Cormier on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and evading police.

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