Stolen car seen in Berkeley, driver arrested after chase

CHP chase. Photo: Oakland CHP
The driver of this stolen car led officers on a high-speed chase for more than 20 miles Tuesday morning, authorities said. Photo: Oakland CHP

A Berkeley man spotted driving a stolen car on the freeway near Gilman Street was arrested Tuesday morning after leading authorities on a high-speed chase, authorities said.

Officer Sean Wilkenfeld, Oakland-area California Highway Patrol spokesman, said 38-year-old Felix Blas was spotted driving a stolen Acura on eastbound Interstate 80 near Gilman Street at 9:05 a.m.

Blas fled in the Acura, which had been reported stolen out of San Pablo, said Wilkenfeld, and a CHP officer pursued him. 

“The Acura reached speeds of over 100 mph and fled for 23 miles until the driver finally surrendered after spinning out from trying to drive in the center divider of Highway 4 near Pacheco Boulevard,” said Wilkenfeld via email. Pacheco Boulevard is in Martinez.


Blas was arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft, recklessly evading police and an outstanding felony warrant for weapons violations.

According to the Alameda County sheriff’s department, Blas had not yet been booked into custody as of 2:45 p.m.

Update, July 10: Blas remains in custody at Santa Rita Jail with a bail of $290,000. No date was listed for his next court appearance.

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