SAN LEANDRO -- A suspect who fled in a stolen car after police interrupted him burglarizing another one was arrested with the help of a police dog early Thursday morning, police said.

Suspect John Henry Lee is accused of leading police on a chase from San Leandro to Oakland before crashing into a tree and street sign at the intersection of 5th Avenue and East 8th Street in Oakland, San Leandro police Lt. Rick DeCosta said. He then tried to escape on foot but was chased down by a police dog, he said.

Lee was arrested on suspicion of auto burglary, auto theft and possession of a firearm after being treated for minor dog-bite and other injuries at a hospital, DeCosta said.

The chase began after police interrupted an auto burglary on Dolores Avenue near the San Leandro BART station just before 12:15 a.m., DeCosta said. When police arrived, Lee allegedly jumped into another car and drove away at high speed, he said.

Police used their lights and sirens to try to pull over the car, DeCosta said, but their commands were ignored. The chase then continued north on Bancroft Avenue and into Oakland through back streets for about 20 minutes until Lee crashed, he said.

Police said Lee left the car after the wreck and tried to flee on feet but was tracked down by a police dog. The crashed car was confirmed stolen from San Leandro BART police jurisdiction.


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Anyone who may have witnessed suspicious activity near the BART station before the chase began is urged to call police at 510-577-3230.

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