ANTIOCH -- Rescue crews dug a trench under a pool house and used a rope to free a suspected auto thief trapped under a pool house after trying to flee police early Tuesday, officials said.

James Marglin, 44, became stuck after first leading police on a chase, then tussling with a police dog, Antioch police Sgt. Dimitri Barakos said. An Antioch resident, Marglin was treated for injuries suffered during the pursuit, then arrested on suspicion of auto theft and taken to County Jail in Martinez, Barakos said.

The incident began when officers tried to pull over the reportedly stolen car after spotting it around 4:45 a.m. in the area of Marie Avenue and Crest Street, and the chase ensued, onto eastbound Highway 4 and then Highway 160.

Marglin reportedly ditched the car on Highway 160 between Hillcrest Avenue and Main Street in Oakley -- after the vehicle apparently broke down, Barakos said. The police dog tracked him to the 2200 block of Philips Lane, after Marglin fled and hid underneath a pool house, Barakos said.

Barakos said Marglin wound up stuck under the house after fighting with the dog.

Officers tried to coax Marglin from the house, but he was unable to free himself. Contra Costa Fire Protection District crews were called, Barakos said, and they dug the ditch. Officers then used a rope to pull Marglin out from under the house.

The police dog was not injured, nor were any other officers.


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