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Brazen Theft of SFPD Vehicle Ends In Crash at Mission and Duboce

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Brazen Theft of SFPD Vehicle Ends In Crash at Mission and Duboce

An East Bay man is in custody following the brazen theft of an unmarked police vehicle at Union Square on Thursday, which ultimately led to a chase through SoMa and a crash at Mission and Duboce.

The incident began on the 200 block of Geary Street near Union Square, where the suspect jumped into an unmarked, SFPD-owned SUV and took off with it at 5:57 p.m. on Thursday. As KPIX reports, offers spotted the vehicle minutes later, around 6 p.m., near the intersection of Market and 9th streets. Those officers attempted a stop, but the suspect took off again, and a chase ensued.

The SFPD then says they “terminated pursuit” at Mission and South Van Ness, but the SUV was then involved in a collision at Mission Street and Duboce Avenue, after apparently running a red light.

A patron at the Crafty Fox bar nearby tells the SF Standard that he witnessed the crash, and he ran out to direct police to the suspect — who he says got out of the vehicle appearing bloody and then tried to hide in a nearby tent. Police quickly apprehended him.

Three people in the other vehicle that was involved in the collision were injured and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Police have identified the suspect as 36-year-old Sidney Hill of Dublin, and he was booked on charges of stealing a vehicle, possession of stolen property, and possession of a controlled substance.

This was the second collision in two days to stem from an SFPD chase on downtown streets. The first occurred on Wednesday following a road-rage incident in the Marina in which a suspect fired a weapon, took off, and was then spotted downtown and pursued by police before crashing into another vehicle at Market and Front streets.

Photo via Citizen

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