Walnut Creek and neighboring cities became the scene in a high-speed, and at one point, a wrong-way freeway police chase of a red Infiniti G35 that had run a stop sign at El Nido Ranch Road in Lafayette at about 12:30 p.m.
The Contra Costa Times says a Lafayette patrol officer tried to stop the car, but the driver took off, getting onto Highway 24, heading east in the oncoming lands. The chase continued onto Interstate 680 and then onto city streets in downtown and unincorporated Walnut Creek. The pursuit, which was joined by police by other agencies and a California Highway Patrol helicopter, continued back towards Lafayette and then into Orinda. It ended at Glorietta Boulevard and Meadowview Road in Orinda.
The drive was identified as Justin Linares, 20, of Orinda.