Police calls: Man says he was 'traveling' without a license, not driving

This information is from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office and the Menlo Park Police Department. Under the law, people charged with offenses are considered innocent unless convicted. Police received the reports on the dates shown.


Driving with suspended license report: A deputy on state Highway 84 stopped a vehicle with an expired registration and asked for the driver's license and evidence that he owned the vehicle. The driver told the deputy that he didn't have the paperwork; that he didn't need a driver's license in that he was not driving, but "traveling"; and that the state's driving laws did not apply to him. He was issued a ticket and his vehicle was towed. July 9.

Warrant arrest report: Deputies arrested and booked into county jail James Kehrberg of La Honda on Montelena Court in connection with three separate arrest warrants in the amounts of $3,000, $5,000 and $7,500, all for driving with a suspended license. July 11.


Auto burglary reports:

■ A vehicle parked on Noel Drive was found broken into and ransacked. The interior showed evidence of a damaged ignition switch, a result of someone trying to start the vehicle without a key. Nothing was taken. July 13.

■ Someone smashed a window on a vehicle parked in the 1200 block of El Camino Real and stole personal documents. July 13.

Theft reports:

■ An Apple iPad was stolen from a residence on Madera Avenue. Estimated loss: $500. July 16.

■ Someone stole a parking plaza permit from a vehicle parked in Parking Plaza 3 at Santa Cruz Avenue and University Drive. July 15.

■ A resident of Hill Avenue told police that his paycheck had been stolen from his mailbox. No report of losses. July 15.

■ Someone stole a purse from a shopping cart at El Rancho Supermarket at 812 Willow Road. No report of losses. July 11.

Stolen vehicle report: Silver 1993 Honda Accord stolen from Ravenswood Avenue. July 13.

Dave Boyce


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Posted by Edward Syrett
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Jul 23, 2014 at 1:18 pm

The fellow who was "traveling, not driving" without a license sounds like your typical right-wing nut. The laws of nature don't apply to them, because they're "creating jobs", not polluting the air, water and soil. Call it something different, and the problem evaporates. Good thing the S.M. County Sheriff's Dept. doesn't buy that hooey.

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Posted by Joe
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Jul 23, 2014 at 1:36 pm

The driver could have been someone with limited intellectual skills.

Just a thought.

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Posted by Sheldon Kay
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Jul 23, 2014 at 1:48 pm

What's gonna happen when you are sitting behind the wheel of a "car that drives itself"?

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Posted by Joe
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Jul 23, 2014 at 2:35 pm

Self-driving cars. Will we even need licenses? And if we do, what will they imply in terms of driving skills?

What will happen to driving skills? They'll go the way of the skills of crews who used to climb the rigging of sailing ships and break out the sails so as to get underway from a anchorage.

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Posted by Not a lefty
a resident of Atherton: Lloyden Park
on Jul 23, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Joe - If he had limited intellectual skills that would identify him as a fuzzy-headed liberal---would it not?

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Posted by Joe
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Jul 23, 2014 at 3:29 pm

No, it would not identify him as a liberal, fuzzy headed or otherwise.

There are plenty of confused people around without political leanings, though maybe not in Silicon Valley, given the high cost of living and the lack of employment and housing opportunities for non-technical people. As I've said before on this forum, we're living in a monoculture.

This guy had real problems, obviously, with his record, but I feel for anyone with an unusual perspective who gets caught in the net of what passes for normalcy and has to pay some kind of price.

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Posted by pogo
a resident of Woodside: other
on Jul 23, 2014 at 3:56 pm

pogo is a registered user.

There must be some equivalent to Godwin's law that people will turn the most innocuous story into a political issue.

There are plenty of nuts on both sides to choose from. You don't have to resort to dragging an unlicensed driver into your circus.

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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 23, 2014 at 4:53 pm

Menlo Voter is a registered user.


you read my mind. I think we should call it "pogo's law" when someone drags politics into a totally non-political unrelated conversation or topic.

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Posted by Joe
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Jul 23, 2014 at 5:28 pm

I think Steve Martin wouldn't mind if I respond thusly: Excuuuuuuse me!

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Posted by Former IRS
a resident of another community
on Jul 23, 2014 at 8:43 pm

This guy brings back memories of when I worked for Internal Revenue Service. There are people who claim that our laws do not apply to them, tax laws, vehicle laws, etc. I had a case on a guy who not only claimed that he did not have to pay Federal taxes, but that a driver license was a contract between him and the state, and that if there were no such contract, he did not have to obey California Vehicle Code provisions.


Politically, they tend to have a libertarian (lower case "l") bent, but I did have one such person who was active in the Libertarian Party. We seized and sold his pickup truck for his rather large tax liability that he claimed he did not have to pay.

Sometimes they get away with it, usually they don't and they tend to ruin their lives when they don't.

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