SAN LEANDRO -- A Richmond man who allegedly tried to elude police Sunday after they spotted him driving a stolen car was arrested after crashing into a railroad crossing arm, police said Monday.

The chase and subsequent arrest occurred about 5:15 p.m. Sunday, when a San Leandro patrol car with license plate reader cameras passed a Honda Accord that was driving south on Alvarado Street near Williams Street. The technology alerted the officer that the Honda was reported stolen to the Newark Police Department on June 12.

The suspect, a 31-year-old Richmond man whose name was not released, pulled the Honda into an empty lot next to the San Leandro BART station but sped off as soon as the officer got out of his car. The Honda drove over a sidewalk and through gravel adjacent to railroad tracks, police said.

The officer pursued the Honda a short distance until it entered the railroad crossing and collided with the crossing arms, shearing them off at the base. The driver of the Honda got out of the car and ran away, trying to hide in a commercial yard in the 600 block of Williams Street.

Witnesses told the officer where the suspect fled, and police surrounded the area, eventually using police dogs to find the man on top of a recreational vehicle in the area, police said. Police arrested the man without incident.

He was not immediately identified, police said, because they are investigating whether he may have been involved in other crimes in the area. He was taken to Santa Rita Jail. Police said the man was paroled from prison recently and has a history of arrests involving stolen vehicles.


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The recovery of the Honda Accord marked the second stolen vehicle police recovered Sunday. Earlier, an officer patroling the 1200 block of Gilmore Avenue was alerted by license plate reader technology to a stolen vehicle on the street. That vehicle was unoccupied, and no arrests were made.

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