Officers were getting off work at about 2:40 a.m. when they heard a crash in the 400 block of Sixth Street.
They looked outside and saw that a black Honda had just crashed into a patrol car. The Honda was facing the wrong way on the one-way street.
The Honda then backed up and crashed into two more patrol cars before driving away, Thomason said.
Officers got back into their cars and followed the Honda. They caught up to it a block away at Jefferson and Seventh streets after the car had crashed into two other cars.
The police cars suffered minor damage, while the civilian cars suffered major damage.
The driver, a 30-year-old Oakland man, was heard yelling, "They are trying to kill me," as he was taken away.
He was arrested on suspicion of vandalism and DUI. He was taken to a local hospital as a precaution, Thomason said.