January 17, 2021

Two arrested after tip leads to vehicle chase

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RICHMOND — A community member’s tip Friday night about seeing a man with a gun led to the arrest of two men, one who led police on a two-hour high speed multi-city vehicle chase to Vallejo, authorities said Saturday.

No gun was recovered, however, and police were still looking for it.

Police said about  8 p.m. Friday a community member reported seeing a man with a gun in the area of Fourth Street and Nevin Avenue and also gave a description of an associated vehicle, a gray Dodge Charger. Police said a celebration of life was being held at a park in the area for popular rapper Lamonta “Tay Way” Butcher, who was fatally shot  in Richmond on Sept. 18.

When officers attempted to stop the Charger it sped off.  One man  got out of the vehicle near Sixth Street and Barrett Avenue and escaped on foot.

The Charger continued driving and another man, identified as  Zachary Williams, 26, got out of the vehicle  in the area of Andrade Avenue and  32nd Street and was apprehended as he ran away, Sgt. Aaron  Pomeroy said.  He was later cited and released for delaying a police officer, authorities said.

The Charger got onto eastbound Interstate 80, then eastbound Highway 4 where the chase was turned over to the California Highway Patrol, which lost the Charger in Pittsburg, authorities said.

Richmond officers returning from Pittsburg spotted the Charger near the Interstate 680 and Highway 4 interchange and again tried to stop it, authorities said.

The Charger went over the Benicia Bridge and through Benicia and Vallejo before getting back on I-80, crossing over the Carquinez Bridge and going westbound on I-80 into Berkeley where the CHP took over the pursuit again, authorities said.

At high speeds, the Charger drove on I-80, eastbound Interstate 580, eastbound Highway 24 and onto northbound I-680 and back onto westbound Highway 4 to westbound I-80 and back into Richmond, authorities said.

Eventually the Charger got back on eastbound I-80 and drove to Vallejo where it crashed about 10 p.m. in the area of  Redwood and Tuolume streets. The driver, identified as Zunte Daniel, 37, was arrested on charges related to the lengthy pursuit, but  no gun was recovered, authorities said.

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