Crash takes out fence, street sign, three vehicles


Police arrested a 23-year-old East Palo Alto man Sunday, June 20, after he drove his car in a wild ride in the Willows area of Menlo Park.

The car drove over a lawn, through a fence, into and over a street sign, and into three parked vehicles, before it rolled over and came to rest against a tree in the 300 block of Chester Street, police said.

David Ortega was arrested around 8:50 p.m. Sunday on suspicion of hit-and-run and driving under the influence, both misdemeanors.

Mr. Ortega, who was uninjured, was driving a green Honda Civic when he sideswiped a white pickup truck, a silver van, and a red compact car, Menlo Park police spokeswoman Nicole Acker said.

A squad car rolled up as Mr. Ortega was trying to leave the scene, Ms. Acker said, adding that one of the witnesses had tried to talk Mr. Ortega out of leaving.

Police booked Mr. Ortega into San Mateo County jail. The District Attorney's Office is investigating whether to file charges.

In the case of traffic accidents, the police department does not release details such as the exact nature of the damage and what it might cost to repair or replace the property, Ms. Acker said.

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Posted by citizen
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Jun 21, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Book him Dano ! He should be financilly accountable & not the insurance companys

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Posted by Hah
a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Jun 22, 2010 at 6:56 am

I agree but its not like Ortega has a license, insurance, etc. anyway. The poor owners of the property he damaged are the ones that will pay, and their insurance company, and then us...I bet he got out of jail the next morning too.

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Posted by Steve
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jun 23, 2010 at 6:14 am

Ya, right, Insurance, Drivers License???? He must have been using the touch and feel method of driving.

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