San Francisco Bay Area Violent Crime

Man Drives Car into Building in Possible Attempt to Kill Himself

Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Press Release 6/27/18

About 9:45 pm, Deputies on patrol, near E14th Street and Elgin Street in San Leandro, noticed a man driving his vehicle in an unsafe manner and attempted a traffic enforcement. The man failed to yield and a slow speed pursuit ensued.

On the 1100 block of Elgin Street, the driver directed his vehicle toward the residence and purposefully drove through the east exterior wall penetrating into the structure. Deputies were able to detain the man inside his car inside the residence.

The preliminary investigation reveals the driver was likely suffering from a mental health crisis and may have attempted to end his life by crashing into the building. The structure is a residential care facility and at the time of the incident was occupied by 8 residents. One resident was struck by the car inside the home but was surprisingly uninjured. It appears the driver was also a resident.

The driver has been taken for psychiatric care and we will later assess any relevant criminal charges or arrest.

Alameda County Fire responded and assisted with shoring up the stricture and temporarily fixing the exterior wall with plywood.

Sgt. Ray Kelly
Public Information Officer

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