CONCORD -- Two men are behind bars after they led police on a 12-minute chase through the city that resulted in a totaled car and the driver of the vehicle being bitten by a K-9 unit, police said Thursday.
The chase began at 8:37 p.m. Wednesday when a Concord police officer discovered a 2002 Honda Civic on Monument Boulevard and Systron Drive that had been reported missing out of Pittsburg since Tuesday, said Concord police Lt. Darrell Graham.
Though the officer tried to pull over the driver, identified as 30-year-old Pittsburg resident Jaime Hernandez, but the man instead fled out onto Concord Boulevard, reaching speeds up to 70 miles per hour, Graham said.
As the chase continued, Clayton police placed spike strips down at Concord Boulevard and Kirker Pass Road and when Hernandez hit them, all four tires deflated.
Hernandez eventually crashed into a signal box at Kirker Pass Road and Castlewood Driver, where he and a passenger, 36-year-old Adrian Arroyo, jumped out of the car and ran.
Hernandez was caught after a K-9 unit bit him in the thigh and lower leg. Arroyo was caught by a police officer.
Both men were transported to a local hospital for treatment before they were released and booked at Contra Costa County Jail.
Both face charges of being in possession of a stolen vehicle and resisting arrest. Arroyo, who was on parole, also faces a parole violation and the driver faces a charge of evading police officers,
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