Arson suspect in Dublin arrested after crashing in 7-Eleven gas pumps

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A man suspected of setting three cars and a building on fire in Dublin was arrested Friday morning, according to authorities.

The California Highway Patrol says 34-year-old Michaelis Brown was arrested after he crashed into a 7-Eleven store gas pump in Livermore on the corner of Las Positas and South Vasco following a pursuit.

Police put out an alert after a suspicious black Toyota Camry was seen circling businesses in the area of 6400 Sierra Court in the middle of the night.

In that area, police later found three cars engulfed in flames and an exterior wall to a rental car business. 

After arriving at the scene, authorities tried to pull the car over but Brown failed to stop. Officers chased the car onto westbound Interstate 580 and northbound Interstate 680.

Officials say the car reached the speed of 115 miles per hour. 

The suspected car exited at Vasco Road and ended in a parking lot on Las Positas Road where it rammed into a CHP car. 

The chase was called off after losing the car until a witness contacted authorities reporting that a Toyota gas crashed into the 7-Eleven gas pumps. 

Brown fled the scene but CHP was able to locate him and take him into custody. 

Authorities reported no injuries.

Police say the damage to the three burned cars is estimated at $200,000.

Evidence found in Brown’s car is allegedly connected to the fires found. 

Authorities continue to investigate the incident. Brown was arrested for the pursuit, assault with a deadly weapon and arson.  

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