HAYWARD -- An Oakland parolee considered armed and dangerous by police was behind bars Wednesday following a police chase that ended in a crash outside a downtown Hayward gas station.

Alex Kanellis, 30, was arrested on suspicion of felony evasion of police, carrying a loaded weapon, being a parolee at large and being in possession of a controlled substance after a chase that began at 2:30 p. m. Tuesday on eastbound Interstate 580, said Officer Daniel Jacowitz.

An officer conducting radar enforcement clocked a speeding red Ford Mustang and when the officer tried to stop the car, the Mustang sped up away.

A chase began and the driver of the Mustang -- later identified as Kanellis -- exited the freeway onto Foothill Boulevard and tried to make a right-hand turn onto Grove Way.

Kanellis missed the turn, police said, and instead crashed into a metal pillar that protected a pump at a Chevron gas station on the corner.

The suspect, who was injured, got out of the Mustang and a ran for a short distance. Officers caught up to him about a half block away on Grove Way and arrested him.

Kanellis received moderate injuries on his head and his face from the crash and was transported to a hospital, Jacowitz said. He was released from the hospital and booked into Santa Rita Jail.

A preliminary investigation revealed the Mustang had been stolen out of San Leandro, and that Kanellis was in possession of illegal narcotics and a loaded .25 caliber handgun, Jacowitz said.


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