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Parolee Arrested For Shooting at Cops after Car Crash

English: San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge at night

English: San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge at night (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Thursday, July 5, a shooting occurred on the Bay Bridge in San Francisco. The bridge was temporarily closed due to investigations and safety. The suspect, Antonio Roberson, was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and weapons charges.

The shooting happened early on Thursday morning at 1:30 a.m. on the eastbound road. Commuters were stalled for hours as the lower deck of the Bay Bridge was shut down. San Francisco traffic must not have been happy on that Thursday morning. The growing city, known for its Golden Gate Bridge as well as for its multitude of other bridges, experiences constant traffic during rush hours and weekends. Now add this shooting and a shutdown commute, travellers must have had to endured hours of waiting.

Antonio Roberson, 29, was already on parole when he got into a shooting with the California Highway Patrol. He was placed on parole prior this incident for human trafficking that involved a minor.

Roberson was with a female passenger in his car when the vehicle crashed into the guard rail of the eastbound S-curve of the bridge. Both Roberson and the passenger were taken to the hospital for injuries they had received from the collision.

CHP policemen were driving over the Bay Bridge early Thursday morning when Roberson sped by in his black 1994 Cadillac Eldorado. The officers followed his car through the Treasure Island tunnel only to find that Roberson had crashed into the guardrail. Police officials went to help out Roberson and his passenger but were instead met with gunshots.

English: Out of fog Bay Bridge and Golden Gate...

English: Out of fog Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco in fog (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After firing the shots, the suspect tried to flee the scene in his damaged car. He only made it a few hundred yards when the car stopped at the end of the curved road. Roberson and his 26-year old Australian passenger were taken into custody. The female rider was released after a brief questioning.

Because of the shooting that occurred, officials had to close of the bridge to allow detectives to do their investigations. This caused traffic to be held back for at least eight hours while the scene of the accident was examined. Officers were able to open up one lane. While one open lane is better than none, this still caused hours of backed up traffic for commuters on the road. Finally, all four lanes of the bridge were reopened at about 9:46 a.m.

Luckily, Roberson’s drunken and careless driving did not inflict personal injury to other drivers around. Also, when the suspect crashed his car into the guardrail, it was fortunate that no one—including the parolee and passenger—sustained serious injuries.

Careless, drunken driving often results in tragic accidents. Anyone can become victim of a crash that was a result of somebody’s negligent driving. If you have received personal injury because of someone else’s carelessness, consult with a San Francisco car accident attorney today.

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