BYRON -- Two men were arrested on burglary charges Wednesday after leading officers on a high-speed chase from Livermore to Byron, reportedly throwing stolen items out the car window along the way.
The incident began about 1:35 p.m., when a Livermore police sergeant was patrolling the Springtown neighborhood near Winding Stream Drive and saw a silver Toyota Yaris parked on the side of the road. A man was sitting in the driver's seat talking on a cell phone, according to police.
While the officer was watching the car, he saw second man throw a backpack over the fence of a nearby home, then jump into the backyard.
As the officer circled back to check the incident, he saw the Yaris speeding away, with the man with the backpack in the passenger seat. The driver continued through the neighborhood before speeding onto North Vasco Road, where the passenger began throwing items out of his window.
The pursuit continued northbound on Vasco Road into Byron where the passenger jumped out of the car along Byron Highway.
The driver continued on before crashing into a utility pole on Camino Diablo Road near Bixler Road. The driver, later identified as 48-year-old Bay Point resident Todd Michael, received minor injuries and was treated at a hospital before he was arrested on suspicion of residential burglary and evading police.
A police dog found the passenger, identified as Ramon Caudle, 29, also of Bay Point, hiding in a field west of Byron Highway. Police said the man was bitten by the dog when he did not follow officers' orders; he was also treated at a hospital before being arrested on burglary and evading charges.
Officers from the Livermore Police Department, the California Highway Patrol and the Contra Costa Sheriff's Office assisted in the search.
Livermore police officers recovered several stolen items during a search on Vasco Road. They also found more stolen items inside the car, which had been rented, police said. Police did not disclose what had been stolen.
Police are also investigating whether the men may be responsible for other burglaries in the Springtown neighborhood on Wednesday, police said.
Livermore has seen an increase in home burglaries, police said.
During the chase, police also responded to a second, unrelated home burglary in the same neighborhood when residents returning to their home in the 1200 block of Hibiscus Way found two men inside. Responding officers arrested 19-year-old Livermore man Shane Singleton on suspicion of that burglary, and a second suspect remains at large.
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