Man Convicted In High-Speed Chase Through Contra Costa County

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA — An Antioch man faces up to four years and four months in California state prison after jurors found him guilty of a high-speed chase while driving a stolen car with an illegal gun.

The offenses Artis Chavez Crenshaw, 33, was charged with started July 1, 2023, when a victim’s car was stolen in Antioch. On July 2, officers spotted Crenshaw driving a stolen 2016 Nissan Frontier in Concord and tried to pull him over.

A high-speed chase ensued. Crenshaw led officers from Port Chicago Highway to westbound Highway 4 and accelerated to 115 mph while weaving through traffic, Contra Costa County prosecutors said.

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Even after the CHP laid down a spike strip at Sycamore Avenue near Hercules to disable the car, Crenshaw continued to evade officers by driving with a flattened tire onto eastbound Highway 4.

He was eventually involved in a crash at the San Marco Boulevard exit in Bay Point and was taken into custody after the collision. The pursuit was 23 miles long and lasted 16 minutes. During his arrest, officers found an AR-style pistol in the stolen vehicle.

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The Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office filed charges against Crenshaw July 6, 2o23.

The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Philip Farmer, and on Jan. 18, 2024, a jury in Pittsburg found Crenshaw guilty on four out of five counts.

Crenshaw’s sentencing hearing is set for 8:30 a.m. March 1 in front of Judge John Cope at the Arnason Justice Center in Pittsburg.

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At the time of his arrest, Crenshaw had previous records in Contra Costa, Napa and Sonoma counties. He had three counts of felon in possession of a firearm from 2012, 2014 and 2018 in Contra Costa County; assault by force likely to great bodily injury from 2014 in Contra Costa; second-degree burglary and assault with a deadly weapon from 2015 in Napa County; and felon in possession of a firearm from 2017 in Sonoma County.

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