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November 15, 2016 > Suspect rams Union City police car during escape attempt

Suspect rams Union City police car during escape attempt

Submitted By Lieutenant L. Graetz, Union City Police

A daring attempt by a 23-year-old motorist to avoid arrest by Union City police resulted in a damaged patrol car, a street chase and two suspects behind bars.

Shortly after 3 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2 a Union City patrol officer spotted a suspicious car driving slowly on Silvertide Drive near Maritime Loop. The officer noticed the car matched the description of a vehicle linked to recent burglaries in Union City, and he believed the occupants were casing the neighborhood.

A records check showed the car had a stolen license plate attached. The car pulled into a residential driveway with the officer following close behind. The male driver initially complied with the officeÕs instructions, but suddenly put the car into reverse and hit the front of the patrol car causing minor damage. The suspect car then fled through the neighborhood and eventually into Fremont with police in pursuit.

Eventually the car hit a concrete barrier and other objects on Ardenwood Boulevard near Commerce Drive forcing the driver to stop. The driver and a female passenger tried to run away but were taken into custody by Union City and Fremont police officers. The car eventually caught on fire bringing the Alameda County Fire Department to the scene to extinguish it. There were no injuries.

Police said that there were numerous items in the car believed to have been stolen from various burglaries, including purses, wallets, personal identification, electronic equipment, credit cards and a collection of military medals. Union City detectives completed a follow up investigation and were able to link many of the items to recent burglaries in the area. The military medals had been stolen from a storage unit in Fremont. So far detectives have been able solve six Union City auto burglaries and two additional burglaries from Newark and Fremont. They have contacted numerous other potential victims and anticipate solving more cases.

Police identified the driver as Albert Balucan, a 23-year-old transient. Hi passenger was identified as Ma C. Onia, 36, from Union City. Both were arrested on suspicion of assault on an officer, possession of a stolen vehicle, and possession of stolen property, evading police, fleeing from a collision and resisting arrest. The pair was taken to the Fremont jail for booking.

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