Two men taken into custody Wednesday night after leading law enforcement officials on a lengthy car chase through the East Bay are not the homicide suspects police are seeking, East Palo Alto police said.
Officers of a multi-jurisdictional task force that was formed to capture Jaime Cardenas and Fidel Silva -- two men suspected of homicides in East Palo Alto and Grand Junction, Colo. -- spotted a vehicle in Newark registered to one of the suspects at around 7:45 p.m., according to police.
The officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver failed to yield.
As the vehicle traveled north on Interstate 880, the California Highway Patrol, as well as several local departments, including Fremont police, assisted in the pursuit, Fremont police Sgt. Kevin Moran said.
"We received a request from an outside agency to assist along northbound I-880 as it passed through Fremont," he said. The three Fremont police units transitioned out of the pursuit as it moved north, CHP Officer Sam Morgan said.
More CHP units joined the pursuit as it cut through Hayward, San Leandro and Oakland, where the pursued vehicle merged onto eastbound I-980 before merging again onto eastbound I-580, Morgan said.
The suspects led authorities at freeway speeds topping out at about 70 mph, passing through the Livermore area and beyond the jurisdiction of Bay Area CHP, Morgan said.
CHP in Lathrop were waiting for the suspects and laid out a spike strip that popped one of the vehicle's tires.
The vehicle stopped on its own and the men were taken into custody without incident just after 9 p.m.
East Palo Alto police said Wednesday that the two men taken into custody are not Cardenas and Silva, who are suspected of homicides, including the killing of Catherine Fisher, 19, of Menlo Park. The driver of the vehicle will be arrested for evading police.