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San Francisco police arrest suspect after stolen car chase in Cow Hollow

San Francisco police arrested a Hayward man after a vehicle pursuit where the suspect hit multiple unoccupied cars. | Source: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

San Francisco police arrested a Hayward man after a chase in which the suspect hit multiple unoccupied cars while trying to evade police, according to authorities.

The pursuit started at 9:22 p.m. Friday when officers patrolling around Pierce and Greenwich streets in San Francisco's Cow Hollow neighborhood tried to pull over a car after witnessing the driver—later identified as 29-year-old Hayward resident Brandon Smith—commit a traffic violation, the San Francisco Police Department said.

Instead of complying with the stop, the driver fled, leading officers on a short high-speed pursuit in which he collided with several unoccupied cars along the way, according to SFPD.

The vehicle eventually stopped around Clay and Webster streets after crashing into a property, police said. Then, Smith allegedly jumped out of the car and tried to run away, SFPD added.

Smith was arrested on suspicion of multiple hit-and-run charges, driving and possessing a stolen vehicle, felony evading, false license plates, resisting arrest, stop sign violation and speeding, according to jail records.

He was booked into a San Francisco jail shortly after 8 a.m. Saturday, records show. It is unclear when he will appear in court for his arraignment.

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