Posted by on June 19, 2017
Categories: Bay Area


(BANT) – Officials say the driver of a red Cadillac who was shot by a California Highway Patrol officer Sunday morning on the Bay Bridge is recovering at a local hospital.

CHP Officer Vu Williams said, as of 5:13 p.m. Sunday, the driver was reported to be in stable condition at a hospital.

A collision early Sunday morning about a mile west of the Bay Bridge toll plaza closed the eastbound lanes of the bridge at about 3:25 a.m. About 15 to 20 minutes later, an officer saw a red Cadillac coming down the right shoulder.

Multiple commands were given to the driver to stop, but the driver failed to heed, Williams said. According to Williams, the officer felt threatened and fired on the driver.

Williams said the driver was struck by the bullets. Paramedics took the taken to a hospital. Williams said once the driver is well enough, that person will be booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and possibly other offenses. The Cadillac was not involved in the earlier collision.

The eastbound lanes of the Bay Bridge reopened at about 10 a.m. Some motorists who were traveling to the East Bay were temporarily trapped on the bridge following the collision.

Williams said, “We turned them around so they could travel westbound in the eastbound lanes,” since those lanes were closed, and the motorists went to Treasure Island. Then they got on the westbound lanes and returned to San

Two Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District buses were trapped on the bridge temporarily, AC Transit spokesman Robert Lyles said. The drivers of the buses drove to Treasure Island and went back to San Francisco.

The closure also affected San Francisco Municipal Railway bus line 25, which takes people to Treasure Island, Muni spokesman Paul Rose said.