REDWOOD CITY, CA – A man who allegedly stole a tow truck from San Leandro and led authorities on a chase across the Bay before being arrested early Tuesday morning pleaded not guilty in San Mateo County Superior Court to all charges Thursday, prosecutors said.
Moses Miller, 24, of San Leandro, is scheduled to appear in court again in Redwood City on Jan. 6 for a preliminary hearing.
Miller is accused of assaulting a police officer with a deadly weapon, recklessly evading a police officer and auto theft, among other offenses.
His escapade began just after midnight on Tuesday when he allegedly crashed his truck and it was taken to a San Leandro tow yard, San Mateo County prosecutors said.
Three hours later, Miller turned up at the tow yard and when he was confronted at 3:21 a.m., he allegedly got into a tow truck and drove through a fence, prosecutors said.
San Leandro police spotted him and started to chase him. About 10 minutes later, California Highway Patrol officers took over the chase, CHP officials said.
Miller allegedly led officers through city streets, onto Interstate Highway 580, then onto Interstate Highway 80 and the Bay Bridge.
More than once, Miller allegedly crashed into or tried to crash into an occupied CHP vehicle, prosecutors said. All of the officers escaped injury.
Miller allegedly left Highway 80 and drove onto San Francisco city streets before getting onto southbound U.S. Highway 101. The pursuit ended in Brisbane, CHP officials said.
Miller allegedly got out of the truck and ran, but officers were able to apprehend him after a brief foot chase.
Prosecutors said Miller appeared to be under the influence of drugs. Tests to confirm that were not immediately available, according to the district attorney's office.
Miller remains in custody on $500,000 bail. An attorney representing Miller through the San Mateo County Private Defender Program could not be reached for comment.