Updated, 10:00 a.m. Friday. Added report from Lafayette PD. Added power outage details.
A San Francisco man was arrested after an early morning car and foot chase in Lafayette of the driver of a stolen truck, police said.
The truck struck and sheared a power pole on Soares Lane near Happy Valley Road. That left Happy Valley Road blocked during the morning commute Friday and cut power to area residents.
At about 2:40 a.m. Friday, a Lafayette PD officer tried to stop a black Ford truck that was veering erratically on Highway 24 eastbound, reported Lafayette PD spokesman Jimmy Lee. The truck stopped on the Oak Hill Road off-ramp and then took off again, leading the officer on a pursuit onto Deer Hill and Happy Valley roads. The CHP had been looking for the truck and assisted Lafayette PD, Lee said.
The truck was stolen from Castro Valley several days earlier, Lee said. When the truck hit the pole, wires fell to the ground. The driver was arrested after a brief foot pursuit.
Mark Bianchini, 38, of San Francisco was booked into the Martinez Detention Facility on charges of stolen vehicle, felony evasion, possession of stolen property, drug possession and resisting arrest. He is being held in lieu of $95,000 bail.
PG&E was on the scene of a downed power pole on Happy Valley Road, Lafayette, Friday morning. Happy Valley Road was blocked between Cricket Hill Road and Soar
Initially, power was out to 1,795 customers, PG&E spokeswoman Jana Morris said, but most had their power restored in 20 or 25 minutes. PG&E on its outage map at 7:30 a.m. reported power off to eight customers in the area. PG&E on Friday morning was estimating power restored by 7 p.m. Friday.
Authorities are hoping to reopen Happy Valley Road Friday afternoon.
Bay City News Service contributed to this report.