OAKLAND -- A 38-year-old man was in Santa Rita Jail in Dublin on Thursday morning after Alameda County Sheriff's deputies said he led them on a wild pursuit in and around the Estuary on Wednesday evening.

Terry Rizzo, a transient from Oakland and Contra Costa County, was being held on $126,200 bail on suspicion of vehicle theft, evading police, hit-and-run, possession of a stolen vehicle and obstructing police. He is scheduled to be arraigned Friday.

On probation for stealing a car, Rizzo also had a warrant for an October vehicle theft in Oakland when deputies spotted him in a stolen car about 5:42 p.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of the Oakland Aquatic Center, 115 Embarcadero East, authorities said.

Deputies tried to pull him over, but he fled east on Embarcadero. Near a bridge that goes over a channel leading to Lake Merritt, he struck a UPS truck, causing minor damage to both vehicles, deputies said.

After the collision, authorities say, Rizzo fled the car on foot, running under the bridge with a deputy in pursuit. A second person inside the car was detained. A sheriff's watch commander did not know Thursday morning if that person had been arrested or released.

Rizzo, meanwhile, jumped into the Estuary between the aquatic center and a vacant lot to the east. He swam about 200 feet back to the east shore then ran as deputies tried to surround him.


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With no land route to escape through, deputies said, Rizzo went for a second swim -- this time, heading toward a sailboat just off the shore. Deputies called in an Oakland police boat and an helicopter from the East Bay Regional Parks Police to keep tabs on him. Eventually he returned to shore and surrendered, deputies said.

According to sheriff's deputies, Rizzo had a small amount of methamphetamine on him when he was arrested.

Staff writer Katie Nelson contributed to this story.