High-Speed Chase into Danville Began with Fake Oxycodone Script

The two suspects arrested Friday night after a high-speed chase out of Walnut Creek led them to ditch a car in Danville, allegedly tried to pass a fake Oxycodone prescription in a Walnut Creek CVS.

The two suspects arrested after a high-speed chase led them to ditch a car in Danville stemmed from an attempt to pass a fraudulent prescription of Oxycodone at a Walnut Creek CVS.

The two suspects are identified as 30-year-old Jermaine Robinson of Oakland, and also the driver, and 28-year-old Aaron Burrell of Richmond.

The incident began at about 6 p.m. when Walnut Creek Police responded to a report of a subject attempting to pass this fake prescription at the CVS located at 1123 South California Blvd., Walnut Creek Sgt. Lanny Edwards said. When the responding officers reached the scene, they observed the suspect vehicle driving out of the parking lot and a chase ensued.

The officers tried to stop the vehicle as it fled onto southbound Interstate 680, Edwards said, but, as a result of the high speed, the pursuit was terminated.

An East Bay Regional Parks Police helicopter was in the area and observed the incident. It followed the vehicle into Danville as it exited El Cerro, traveling east. The vehicle then turned right on Enterprise Drive, then left on Hornet Drive where the driver ditched the getaway vehicle, according to Danville Police Chief Steve Simpkins.

Danville Police located the empty vehicle and threw up a perimeter, however the suspects, at that time, were unable to be located, Simpkins said.

About two hour later, Danville Police responded to a report of a suspicious subject in the area, Edwards said. The responding officers positively identified the two suspects and arrested them, he added.

The suspects were handed over to Walnut Creek Police Friday night.

Robinson and Burrell were booked into county jail on charges of burglary, forgery, passing fraudulent perceptions, and evading police. Additionally, Burrell had an active arrest warrant for failing to appear on a San Francisco burglary charge, Edwards said.

iLoveHarryPotter June 02, 2012 at 09:42 PM
why do these scumbags come into our valley? beating, robberies, drugs??? would someone raise the draw bridge? please.
William June 02, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Because they know this area and sell oxycodone to the teens in this area.
GiantsDad June 03, 2012 at 02:09 PM
"Our Valley"?? I have an idea what you mean, but perhaps you can explain that comment? Probably came "here" for at least 3 reasons; the cops herded them here...had they not been pursued, they would have kept going..; they had the means (a car)...; and because this is America, where we have the freedom to go as we please. Now, please understand I'm grateful the cops caught them and im glad that the creeps are rightfully in jail, but come on cops...why initiate a pursuit on the ground and put innocent motorist's lives at risk for a measly false prescription charge? Not exactly a life threatening violation or a wise use of valuable police resources. I'm glad nobody else was hurt in the process.
Kirsten Branch June 03, 2012 at 03:24 PM
GiantsDad, as the reporting states, the WC police called off the pursuit when they got to the freeway (which is right by the store they fled from) for precisely the concerns you sited, and it was an ERPD helicopter (who happened to be in the area) that spotted the car, followed it, and called for interagency support when they reached Danville. As a resident in the neighborhood where these guys were burrowing through my neighbors' yards to elude capture, I am quite grateful for the use of those "valuable police resources" I pay for. Plus, one of the guys who was arrested had an outstanding warrant for burglary, so I'm also happy he is off the street.
d hal June 03, 2012 at 04:58 PM
This is where the phrase "not in my backyard" truly applies. I support whatever the police feel is appropriate. If you aren't doing anything to break the law you have nothing to fear.
jd June 03, 2012 at 05:06 PM
so true
be thankful June 04, 2012 at 05:04 AM
iloveHarryPotter - Where in the article did it say "beating"? Although robberies and drugs are bad, I don't think these guys had the intent of "beating" people. My dad, unfortunately, saw them sitting in our backyard, which scared the crap out of him. But when he threatened to call the cops, they begged him not to, and even offered money. Obviously money wasn't the issue, so he just told them to leave, and they obliged to whatever he said. They could have charged at him, fought him, or if they have had a weapon, the worst could have happened. But I am so incredibly thankful that they didn't do any of that when they could have, especially when it was two young guys versus one older man. So I truly don't think they had any malicious intent to harm anyone. I just think they made poor life decisions, which prompted their illegal activity. Still, it's definitely not the right way to better their lives, but I'm just glad they didn't harm anyone in the process. Hopefully, they'll get their lives straightened out so they don't ever have to run from the cops again.
GiantsDad June 04, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Kirsten, thank you for clarifying what I may have missed. I too am glad they got caught!
Kirsten Branch June 04, 2012 at 05:18 PM
No worries, GiantsDad. I, too, am glad they didn't get into a high speed chase. Some people already drive entirely too fast (and at times recklessly, Hello! the bike lane is not a "lane") on El Cerro. ;)
rustyrose June 04, 2012 at 07:02 PM


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