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Bystanders help a man who was pinned by a vehicle against Fred's coffee shop after a multi-vehicle crash Tuesday along Bridgeway in Sausalito.

Several people were hurt in a police pursuit in Sausalito Tuesday that left one person pinned against a building and involved a wild foot chase.

The incident began shortly after 9 a.m., when a Marin sheriff's deputy spotted a man driving on the 100 block of Drake Avenue in Marin City who was wanted in a domestic abuse and grand theft case stemming from a Monday incident. The deputy gave chase in his car and a California Highway Patrol vehicle joined the mile-long pursuit, authorities said.

The suspect, driving southbound in a Buick with a woman and 4-year-old boy inside, slammed into a vehicle and lost control of his car, crashing in front of Fred's Place at 1917 Bridgeway near Spring Street. The suspect fled on foot and was chased onto the roof of nearby Saylor's restaurant before he was arrested, according to witnesses.

A man eating outside the restaurant was briefly pinned against the building by the suspect's car, but was dislodged with the help of a group of good Samaritans who moved the vehicle to set the man free. Aside from some scrapes on his leg, he was uninjured, police said.

"He walked away, he just had some scratches on his leg," said Jennifer Tejada, Sausalito's police chief. "This could have been so much worse."

The Ford Escort that was rear-ended by the suspect ended up slamming into a building housing Hair Solutions at 1919 Bridgeway, knocking over a traffic signal as it spun wildly out of control. The crash involved five vehicles in all, including a sheriff's cruiser. Four people, including the suspect and his passengers, were transported to Marin General Hospital as was one person in the Ford. All had relatively minor injuries, officials said.


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"He really hit the back of the car hard and spun it around, it was loud, a huge crunch," said Ken Azevedo, of Wolfgang Buck Electric Inc., who was working on the building at the corner of Bridgeway and Spring Street. He estimated the car was traveling 50 mph in the 30 mph zone.

"When I looked out it was like it was snowing because all this glass flew up in the air," he said.

Soon after, Azevedo noticed a man who appeared frightened sitting in an alley on Bridgeway and gave chase while pointing him out to officers.

Nathan Arellano, who works for Electrorep Inc. on Bridgeway, ended up chasing the suspect to the Saylor's roof.

"It was just he and I. I told him, 'you are just making things worse for yourself.' He just looked at me and didn't say anything. He looked like a confused kid."

The suspect made his way off the roof, where Arellano's co-worker stopped him and officers soon arrived.

"I wasn't thinking about my own safety until it was just he and I alone on the roof," Arellano said.

One lane of southbound Bridgeway remained closed for about two hours after the crash as evidence was gathered and the site cleaned of debris.

Derrick Donzell McCann, 20, of Marin City was arrested on suspicion of committing a felony while on bail, cruelty to a child causing possible injury or death, evading police, grand theft, domestic battery and reckless driving. Bail has been set at $500,000. ------ (c)2014 The Marin Independent Journal (Novato, Calif.) Visit The Marin Independent Journal (Novato, Calif.) at www.marinij.com