Pleasanton police blocked off Old Stanley Boulevard for about three hours Tuesday afternoon while working to negotiate with a local man who barricaded himself in a family house just outside downtown after fleeing from a traffic stop.
Officers ultimately opted to reopen the neighborhood to residents and are seeking an arrest warrant from a judge after determining the unarmed man posed no threat to the community while holed up in the unoccupied family home, according to police officials.
"After exhausting all attempts to communicate with (Scott) Hagan and believing he may be in crisis, officers did not make entry and have sought a warrant for his arrest," Lt. Maria Munayer said in a statement.
The situation unfolded just after 12:45 p.m. Tuesday when a local police officer saw a white Chevy Silverado driving erratically on First Street, speeding and swerving, according to Munayer.
The officer turned on his emergency lights to initiate a traffic stop, at which point the driver -- later identified as Hagan, 55, of Pleasanton -- got out of his truck and walked toward the officer in a threatening manner, Munayer said.
The lieutenant alleged Hagan then yelled threats at the officer before running back to his truck and speeding away.
Another officer arrived and a short police pursuit ensued before ending abruptly when Hagan drove to his former house on Old Stanley Boulevard and ran into the basement, Munayer said. The home is vacant and reportedly still owned by Hagan's mother.
Police closed Old Stanley Boulevard between Main and First streets while trying to talk Hagan into coming out of the house, but the man just yelled back at officers and failed to comply with officers' orders to leave the basement, according to Munayer.
After around three hours, police decided to clear the scene without forcibly entering the basement and instead seek a warrant for Hagan's arrest on a charge of evading police, according to Munayer. Police concluded Hagan posed no threat to the community, as he was apparently unarmed and they confirmed nobody else was in the house, according to Sgt. Julie Fragomeli.
This is not Hagan's first run-in with law enforcement in recent months.
Last June, the Alameda County Sheriff's Office reported Hagan was shot by a ranch owner in rural unincorporated Livermore after allegedly smashing his truck into a barn, the rancher's home, a truck and a propane tank.
The rancher armed himself and told Hagan to stop, but Hagan allegedly began driving toward him. The rancher then fired several rounds at Hagan, who suffered gunshot wounds to his upper torso and hand, the sheriff's office reported at the time.
Hagan was detained on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and felony vandalism at the time. The sheriff's office has not yet responded to a request for an update on that criminal case.