Car Thief Who Crashed into Several Cars in San Francisco Identified

SAN FRANCISCO — A man who was tackled by firefighters near San Francisco City Hall after stealing a truck from a construction site in the city’s Lower Haight neighborhood Wednesday morning and leaving a trail of damaged cars in his wake was identified as 21-year-old Tyrell Duncan, police said today.

Duncan was booked into jail on suspicion of possessing a stolen vehicle, felony evading police, assault with a deadly weapon, multiple counts of hit-and-run, driving without a license, possession of drug paraphernalia, and multiple traffic infractions, police Officer Gordon Shyy said.

He was arrested at about 10:30 a.m. when a fire engine crew that happened to be in the area of Polk and Grove streets stopped him, fire spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said.

Duncan had allegedly stolen a truck from a construction site near the corner of Laguna and Haight streets and hit multiple vehicles as he took off, according to Shyy.

He went by the Tower Car Wash at the corner of South Van Ness Avenue and Mission Street, then drove the wrong way up 11th Street, where he was spotted by police, Shyy said.

Police followed him to the corner of Polk and Grove near City Hall and tried to pull him over. The suspect jumped out of the car there and tried to run, but the fire crew tackled him and police took him into custody, Shyy said.

No one was hurt during the incident.

(Copyright 2014, Bay City News, All rights reserved.)

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