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News - August 7, 2013

Hit-and-run felon sentenced; reportedly rammed police car

by Sandy Brundage

Valentin Arias Jimenez pleaded no contest July 31 to two felony hit-and-run with injury charges and one felony car theft charge related to two Menlo Park cases, according to the district attorney's office.

A San Mateo County Superior Court judge sentenced Mr. Jimenez to three years and eight months in state prison with no credit for time served. He also must pay $420 in fines and restitution to be determined later.

The 29-year-old East Palo Alto resident was arrested Nov. 1, 2012, after reportedly ramming a stolen car into a police vehicle, then hiding inside a Madera Avenue home's garage before he was arrested.

Police discovered the suspect chugging stolen VitaSoy milk beverages as he hid in the garage, according to the district attorney's office. The homeowner said there had been six drinks in storage, and after the impromptu visit, there were three.

During the course of the investigation, Menlo Park police discovered that on Oct. 28, 2012, Mr. Jimenez had crashed his Mercedes into a bicyclist, then drove off. A witness had jotted down his license plate number.

The district attorney's office said he has at least seven prior felony convictions, which include car theft.

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