Driver rams into CHP car near Bay Bridge toll plaza

Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) – A man is now behind bars after stealing a tow truck and driving it into oncoming traffic, twice.

On Sunday, the driver, identified as 46-year-old Michael Cayetano of Oakland, was caught on camera hitting a California Highway Patrol car near the Bay Bridge toll plaza.

Authorities say within an hour, Cayetano had stolen the tow truck, drove it into oncoming traffic on the westbound lanes of I-80, hit the CHP car, and injured the officer, all before he was finally arrested.

The officer was not in the patrol car when it was hit — KRON4 is told that the officer was trying to deploy spike strips.

Around 4 p.m. on Sunday, officials say Cayetano stole his nephew’s tow truck and then parked it in the middle of traffic just past the toll plaza.

The first time, police say he turned around going past the toll booths back into oncoming traffic on I-80.

According to the CHP, Cayetano then drove in the opposite direction to I-580 and got on Highway 24 where he hit a car.

Police say he then turned around, driving in the right direction, back toward the toll plaza for a second time.

Cayetano went back through the toll plaza and then turned back around driving in the wrong direction, again, the CHP says.

Officials say Cayetano hit a patrol car and tried to hit another one. Officers finally caught up with him when he hit another driver’s car.

The officer was injured when trying to take Cayetano into custody. The officer has since been released but was taken to the hospital to be treated.

None of the other drivers involved in collisions were seriously hurt.

Cayetano has been booked at the Santa Rita Jail on a number of felony charges.

The Oakland Police Department is handling the investigation on the tow truck reported stolen.

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