Menlo Park: Man allegedly backs truck into police officer

Driver arrested for alleged assault with a deadly weapon

A Menlo Park police officer investigating a code violation complaint wound up being treated at the hospital after the suspect allegedly backed a pickup truck into him on Wednesday, July 9.

The driver, Jerry Jenkins, 65, was arrested for alleged assault with a deadly weapon and taken to the county jail.

The officer had gone to a residence in the 1300 block of Henderson Avenue around 4:22 p.m. to look into reports that Mr. Jenkins was working on vehicles in his yard, according to police.

During the ensuing discussion, Mr. Jenkins got into his pickup truck and then allegedly struck the officer, who was taken to Stanford Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, police spokeswoman Nicole Acker said.


Posted by concerned, a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Jul 10, 2014 at 9:37 am

Speedy recovery..

Posted by Matteo B., a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Jul 10, 2014 at 11:59 am

Nothing excuses assault with a deadly or running over a cop just trying to do his or her job, but I hope this story brings a bit of light to the issues of having one set of zoning rules for a city as diverse as Menlo Park.

On the West Side (where I lived for several years) there are plenty of reasons not to allow overnight street parking, work on vehicles, and parking tons of cars on the front yard; the houses are worth a few million each and those types of things hurt property values.

On the East side (where I live now), people often have to live with family in smaller houses, make extra money by fixing cars in their spare time, and occasionally have to rent out their finished an furnished garages to make ends meet.

We need a set of zoning rules that take these differences into account and work for all of our residents

Posted by Downtowner, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 10, 2014 at 12:55 pm

@ Matteo B

Parked cars in front yards of any residential neighborhood, not just an expensive one, hurts its property values. Zoning laws are intended to preserve the uses of property for the purposes specified and insure uniformity. Renting out "finished & furnished garages" is usually a violation in a neighborhood zoned for single-family residential use. Do these "garages" have sewer facilities? Public health issue here.

Changing laws in order to downgrade residential neighborhoods is not a good idea unless you want to encourage deterioration of the area.

Posted by kw, a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Jul 10, 2014 at 2:00 pm

I see your point about front yards, and agree. But given the small parcel size and increased occupancy, the no on-street parking overnight is a hardship on teh east side of twon of town, as friends of mine can attest.

Posted by Google This, B, a resident of another community
on Jul 10, 2014 at 2:36 pm

What?? You can't work on your vehicle on your own property at 4:22PM? If that is against code, MP is shallower than Palo Alto.

Why couldn't the neighbor just nut up instead of called in MP's finest?

You know who you are.

Posted by SteveC, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 10, 2014 at 3:21 pm

SteveC is a registered user.

Me thinks there is more to this than meets the eye.

Posted by Hmmm, a resident of another community
on Jul 11, 2014 at 1:59 pm

Yep, I agree with SteveC. There is a reason these laws are on the books. Listening to people work on vehicles, day in and day out, is terrible. Often the're polluters and dealing with toxic substances, whether they're doing the work for extra money or not.

Posted by SteveC, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 11, 2014 at 3:22 pm

SteveC is a registered user.

Interesting how people can't read and understand and comprehend an article. Nothing was said about NOT be able to work on your own vehicle in your own driveway. The officer was investigating a complaint. Hitting an officer with a vehicle most certainly result fin the person going to jail, do not collect $200.

Posted by Closer reader, a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Jul 11, 2014 at 3:57 pm

It always amazes me that people on comment boards assume others don't have outside knowledge

Look at Mateo B's claims - specifically "make extra money by fixing cars in their spare time" - that doesn't generally happen with one's own vehicles, right?

Also, look at the July 2013 Menlo park Zoning Ordinance - specifically 16.04.340

Posted by Really, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 11, 2014 at 8:15 pm

Can we look at the fact an officer was assaulted with a vehicle which could have been a lot worse and not re-zoning!!!!!!


If you were a member and logged in you could track comments from this story.

Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Palo Alto quietly gets new evening food truck market
By Elena Kadvany | 3 comments | 2,734 views

On Tour - The Highly Selective Liberal Arts Colleges: Occidental, Pitzer, and Scripps
By John Raftrey and Lori McCormick | 1 comment | 1,701 views

See Me. Hear Me. Donít Fix Me.
By Chandrama Anderson | 2 comments | 1,483 views

As They Head Back To School, Arm Them With This
By Erin Glanville | 5 comments | 742 views

Anglo Menlo Park
By Paul Bendix | 0 comments | 175 views