San Francisco police chased a suspect driving a white Mercedes "G-Wagon" through city streets on Tuesday, according to police.
A video posted to the Citizen app showed the luxury G-Class SUV speeding past Muni trains as police vehicles followed at speed. The vehicles are often called "G-Wagons," and new models sell for well over $100,000.
Several police vehicles, including an unmarked police vehicle displaying blue flashing lights, stormed after the suspect down Division Street at around 2:30 p.m.
At around 3:15 p.m., The Standard witnessed a heavy police presence at 16th and Folsom streets, where the white Mercedes had been stopped. One of the vehicle's doors was open, and some of the vehicle's tires appeared to be deflated.
Police said the suspect, a man, was transported to a hospital with minor injuries following a scuffle after he refused to comply with officers following the chase. Officers were also injured but were not taken to a hospital.
“Dozens of police cars converged on the area,” witness Miguel Santiago said while standing at 16th and Folsom streets. “There were more police cars than I’ve ever seen before in my life.”
Santiago said he was standing a block from Folsom Street when police cordoned off the street and were dealing with the suspect on Enterprise Street, which is essentially an alleyway off Folsom with a dead end.
A nearby worker who did not want to be named due to safety concerns said the Mercedes' tires were already flat when it turned onto Folsom Street.
Police said the pursuit began at 2:09 p.m. in the area of Richardson Avenue and Francisco Street near the Marina District and ended at Enterprise Street in the Mission District when the suspect was apprehended.
Buses are being rerouted around the 16th and Folsom streets area, according to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.
This is a developing story.
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