On August 31, 2013 at 6:38 pm, an Antioch Police officer was parked on W9th Street near ‘A’ Street when he was almost struck by a box truck, similar to a moving truck. As that occurred, police received a call of a speeding box truck on W9th Street. The officer followed the truck with the intent to stop the truck. The truck pulled over and as the officer got out of his patrol car the driver of the truck drove towards him and almost struck the officer. The driver of the truck led officers on a vehicle chase on ‘A’ Street.
The driver abandoned the truck in the SR4 construction area near ‘A’ Street and Drake Street. The driver, Eric Lehtinen, 45, fled and was apprehended by officers. Dispatch advised the officers that there was a burglary alarm pending at the business where the truck was registered to
Officers found that Ordaz Cultured Marble & Onyx, Inc had been broken into and the truck had been stolen from the business. Lehtinen was arrested on multiple charges and sent to the Martinez Detention Facility.
Photos Courtesy of Rosalynn Smith