City employee injured by driver fleeing police traffic stop

Photos: Anonymous/Hoodline Tipline
By Teresa Hammerl - Published on January 07, 2020.

An attempted traffic stop led to a collision that overturned a vehicle and injured a city employee on Monday afternoon, police said. 

Police said the driver of a white minivan, who was not identified, fled from SFPD Central Station officers attempting to make a traffic stop at Hyde and Green streets at 4:26 p.m. Monday.

According to an SFPD spokesperson, the vehicle, which had three other passengers, had previously been spotted in auto burglaries in the area.

Officers chose not to pursue the vehicle, which continued a few blocks onward to Union and Franklin streets. There, it struck a city-owned vehicle, injuring a city employee.

In the wake of the crash, police pursued the four suspects on foot, and were able to take all of them into custody. 

Based on photos shared by an anonymous Hoodline tipster, the vehicle in question was a parking enforcement vehicle, meaning the victim was likely an SFMTA parking control officer. The victim was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, according to police. 

Police declined to share further details on the victim or suspects, noting that the incident remains under investigation. 

The street was blocked off in the wake of the crash, and the 41-Union and 45-Union/Stockton bus lines saw reroutes in the area for about two hours.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the SFPD tip line at (415) 575-4444 or Text-a-Tip to TIP411 and begin the text message with 'SFPD.' Tipsters can remain anonymous.

If you see any crime or safety-related issues in your neighborhood, text Hoodline at (415) 200-3233 and we'll investigate.

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