MARTINEZ -- A Berkeley man accused of driving a stolen car tried to outrun the California Highway Patrol at more than 100 mph on Tuesday before being captured along an East Bay highway, police said.

Officers caught up to 38-year-old Felix Blas after he spun out on eastbound Highway 4 while trying to flee the CHP, Officer Sean Wilkenfeld said. The Acura Blas was driving crashed near Pacheco Boulevard near Martinez after he allegedly tried to drive in the center divider.

Blas surrendered peacefully at that point, Wilkenfeld said. For the previous 23 miles, the Acura reached speeds of more than 100 mph, he said. An Oakland CHP officer saw the Acura on eastbound Interstate 80 near Gilman Street in Berkeley, and information on the car revealed it was stolen out of San Pablo, Wilkenfeld said.

When officers tried to pull over Blas, he instead took off, Wilkenfeld said.

Police arrested Blas on suspicion of vehicle theft and recklessly evading police.

Contact Rick Hurd at 925-945-4789 and follow him at Twitter. com.3rderh.



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