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San Francisco Chronicle Delivery Van Stolen, Police Pursuit

A San Francisco Chronicle newspaper delivery van was stolen in San Francisco's Bayview District Monday morning and was pursued across to the East Bay, authorities said.

Two suspects were eventually arrested in the East Bay after the lengthy pursuit.

The pursuit started at 8:27 a.m. near Keith Street and Palou Avenue, where San Francisco police tried to pull over the vehicle but its driver fled, San Francisco police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said. The driver also tried to run into an officer with the van at Market and Castro streets, he added.

Police chased the vehicle down the Peninsula and the California Highway Patrol took over as the white van continued across the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge, Esparza said.

The pursuit was in Hayward as of around 9:15 a.m. and continued into San Leandro, where the suspect got out of the van and fled on foot, CHP spokesman Officer Colton Kropp said. A passenger was arrested, police said.

The NBC Bay Area chopper flew overhead and saw San Leandro police officers looking for a suspect in backyards, the Chronicle van was left unattended in a cul de sac.

The driver fled south on East 14th Street through downtown San Leandro and onto Estudillo Avenue, then onto Lake Chabot Road, San Leandro Police Lt. Jeff Tudor said.

The driver went into a dead end at Chabot Terrace and fled into nearby yards, but was located and arrested shortly before 11 a.m. in a creek in Lake Chabot Regional Park, according to Tudor.

Alameda County sheriff's deputies and officers from the CHP and the East Bay Regional Park District helped San Leandro officers set up a perimeter and catch the driver, Tudor said.

Tudor said he doesn't know what charges the driver could face but said one is possibly attempting to assault an officer because he swerved the van toward a San Leandro officer during the pursuit.

The two suspects' names were not immediately being released. San Francisco police are the lead agency in the investigation, according to Tudor.

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