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Stolen Vehicle Crashes As Driver Flees From Park

Golden Gate National Recreation Area

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A plainclothes ranger working in the Marin Headlands on the afternoon of June 7th spotted a stolen vehicle. The four people inside matched the general description of suspects in a series of auto larcenies that had been reported in the area. The car left the area and headed toward the Golden Gate Bridge. When the driver saw a parked, marked ranger patrol vehicle near the bridge’s onramp, he panicked and tried to flee toward Sausalito. Within a mile, he lost control of the stolen vehicle and hit a light pole, sheering it off at its base; the car then rolled over and ended up on its roof. Rangers arrived on the scene and apprehended two people attempting to get out of the car. The other two had to be extracted from the totaled vehicle, one of them with a hydraulic rescue tool. Investigation revealed that the car had been stolen in Saint Helena, California, and that the three juveniles and one adult inside were from the Napa area. Two had life-threatening injuries and underwent surgery; the driver was arrested and booked for DUI with injuries and possession of a stolen auto; the fourth occupant was medically cleared and also taken into custody.


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