Just before 10 a.m. Monday morning, traffic heading westbound onto the Bay Bridge was held at the toll plazas on the Oakland side while California Highway Patrol cars pursued a man in a box truck who wouldn't pull over. The driver reportedly got as far as Highway 101 in San Francisco before bailing out of the vehicle and making a break for it.
According to Bay City News, the chase began around 8:37 this morning and lasted for about an hour and a half while police pursued the suspect from the East Bay and across the bridge "at very low speeds." The suspect finally stopped the vehicle was apprehended in the northbound lanes of Highway 101 near Cesar Chavez Street in the Mission.
ABC7 had their chopper in the air at the moment of arrest, when the suspect bailed out of the vehicle and made a break for it on the northbound lanes on 101, only to trip and fall down near the guard rail:
The toll plaza re-opened just after 10 a.m. this morning, but not before creating some surreal morning commute conditions, like this photo from KGO Radio reporter Kristin Hanes, who crossed the bridge with nothing in the rear-view:
No cars behind us on the Bay Bridge due to a rolling slowdown. Saw 5+ cops cars and a big white truck. pic.twitter.com/NW9hK9ie2U— Kristin Hanes (@KristinHanes) March 3, 2014