Menlo police chase, track down men in SUV


Menlo Park police officers chased a silver Dodge Durango into a dead-end street in Menlo Park early Monday morning, then spent over two hours with help from five dogs and officers from seven other jurisdictions tracking down the men after they fled the SUV.

Officers were responding to a report of shots fired from the SUV in East Palo Alto, according to Sgt. Kevin Paugh. Officer Thomas Crutchfield spotted the vehicle traveling east on U.S. 101, and when it failed to stop, police followed it off the freeway at Marsh Road.

The pursuit ended at the dead end of Commonwealth Drive in the Bohannon industrial park, near Kelly Park in the Belle Haven neighborhood.

More than 30 officers from Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Redwood City, San Mateo County, San Carlos, the California Highway Patrol, Atherton, and East Palo Alto participated in the search, according to police.

Four men, ranging in age from 21 to 23, were arrested, though no firearm was found in the Durango, according to police. They were all booked into San Mateo County Jail for resisting arrest. One man also had an outstanding warrant, one was in violation of probation, one was in violation of parole, and one was drunk, according to police.

The investigation into the shooting is ongoing, police said. People with information are asked to call Officer Crutchfield at 330-6300, or the anonymous tip line at 330-6395.

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Posted by Lite sleeper
a resident of Atherton: other
on May 5, 2010 at 1:51 pm

I thought I heard sirens disturbing my sleep, so I called the cops.

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Posted by Not in L.A.
a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on May 5, 2010 at 5:37 pm

Let me see if I get this, the MPPD chased this SUV into a dead end, and all the bad guys got away hmm. In L.A that's usually when the cops let the dogs out. Did we forget the dogs at the station?

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