ALAMEDA COUNTY (KRON) — A high-speed car chase ended when the driver jumped to his death in San Lorenzo early Thursday morning, according to police.
Officers attempted to stop a vehicle on Highway 238 in San Leandro with stolen tags around 12:27 a.m., police said.
Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Ray Kelly said a deputy spotted Giacomoni driving a stolen Toyota pickup truck on Hesperian Boulevard.
The suspect who died was identified by the Alameda County coroner’s bureau as 40-year-old Paul Giacomoni of Redwood City.
Police pursued the vehicle when the 40-year-old driver did not stop.
Eventually, the driver pulled off the side of Hwy 238 in San Lorenzo, according to police.
The driver got out of the car and began to flee on foot, police said.
The man jumped a fence and fell 38 feet into a cemetery, according to police. Police believe the man did not know there was a drop behind the fence.
Giacomoni suffered serious injuries in the fall, landing near the San Lorenzo Pioneer Cemetery.
Emergency crews performed CPR on the victim, but he was pronounced dead at 12:30 a.m.
An associate of the suspect has been arrested, according to a sheriff’s spokesman.
Giacomoni was wearing a ski mask and gloves when he was found. His passenger, Gene Shrewbery, was found in possession of stolen property and drug paraphernalia, according to Kelly.
Shrewbery is being held at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin on suspicion of felony possession of stolen property charge and a misdemeanor drug paraphernalia charge, Kelly said.
However, Shrewbery won’t face any charges for Giacomoni’s death, he said.
Giacomoni had “a very extensive criminal history for weapons, violence and a multitude of other crimes,” Kelly said.
Sheriff’s investigators are checking to see if Giacomoni and Shrewbery might have committed any crimes in the area prior to the contact with deputies.
Bay City News contributed to this report