Student arrested after early-morning auto break-in

Cooper Mead, Staff member

Pleasant Hill Police arrested a 21-year-old student after a foot chase around the gas station at Contra Costa Boulevard near Golf Club Road.

Police responded to a call of a vehicle break in at the Safeway parking lot on Jan. 17, at approximately 4 a.m..

The caller verbally accosted the man, who was found to be eating food out of the car, according to the police report.

When the police arrived, the man tried to abscond across the parking lot towards Contra Costa Boulevard. He can be seen on security camera video being headed off by a police cruiser near the Safeway fuel station on the corner.

The suspect then tried to use a car that was fueling to keep distance between himself and the officer pursuing him on foot.

In a last-ditch effort, the man grabbed the pump handle and attempted to spray the officer with gasoline. However, the safety features on California gas pumps appear to have prevented him from spraying any gas on the officer.

The officer then physically subdued the man until backup arrived to place him in handcuffs.

Police did not identify the institution where the man was a student. He is being charged with disturbing the peace and breaking into a vehicle, and bail was set at $50,000.