HAYWARD -- A police chase that ended early Monday morning in a crash on Interstate 580 led to the arrests of three men who may have been tied to a shooting in the city hours earlier, police said.
Police did not identify the three men they arrested after the chase, which began just after midnight when officers spotted a 2000 silver Toyota Camry at Tennyson Road and Tyrrell Avenue that appeared to be operated by someone who was under the influence, Hayward police Lt. Mark Stuart said.
When officers tried to pull over the car, which Stuart said was stolen in San Jose, the driver accelerated, Stuart said.
The chase proceeded north on I-580, onto I-980 and finally onto the eastbound direction of I-580, where the vehicle crashed into a guard rail near the Park Boulevard exit, Stuart said.
After the crash, police arrested the three men without incident and found weapons in the car, Stuart said. All three men were being questioned by Hayward police and expected to be booked into Santa Rita Jail on Monday, according to Stuart.
The investigation into the chase was still evolving, Stuart said, but police were exploring whether there is a connection between the Toyota Camry and a shooting earlier Sunday. That shooting happened at about 3:30 p.m. on Tennyson Road at Calaroga Avenue in Hayward and wounded a person sitting in a car, Stuart said. That person is expected to survive.
"We're still investigating several details about that shooting," Stuart said. "We don't know if the victim was an intended target or not."
KTVU reported that the vehicle also may have been tied to a fatal shooting in San Leandro on Friday night, but Stuart said it was "too early" in the investigation to make that connection.
In the San Leandro shooting, a 33-year-old Alameda man was killed as he tried to intervene as thieves tried to rob his mother-in-law.
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