Fast and furious in Menlo Park

Police pursue stolen vehicle

A stolen car caught the attention of a Menlo Park police officer during the wee hours of Friday morning.

Instead of pulling over, the suspect reportedly decided to channel his inner racecar driver, with the police in pursuit until speeds over 80 mph made the officer think twice.

Once the 2004 white GMC Sierra crossed into East Palo Alto, local officers picked up the trail until finally the car crashed into a tree in the 1700 block of University Avenue, according to police spokeswoman Nicole Acker.

A passenger ditched the car and driver, who found himself taken into custody. Gabriel Hernandez, 19, was booked into county jail for allegedly receiving stolen property, driving recklessly to escape pursuit, misdemeanor hit-and-run with property damage, resisting arrest, and driving on a suspended license.

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Posted by citizen
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on May 9, 2011 at 5:06 pm

People don't realize that you outrun a cop, but you can't outrun his radio ! It's amazing how many kids think cops are stupid and can't drive !

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Posted by Joe
a resident of another community
on May 9, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Here's the first part of the MP and EPA radio traffic for the pursuit: Web Link

Thank goodness nobody was hurt.

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Posted by Will
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on May 10, 2011 at 11:06 pm

Thanks to Joe for his monitoring of the police channels and keeping tabs on the ruffians that make our neighborhoods less safe. "Neighborhood Watch" is very important to lessen the danger and threat to the folks in our community. Bottom line is keep your eyes and ears open and if you see something out of place, or just something that you feel is out of place or suspicious, then call 911 and let 'em know. It is not an inconvenience for them to respond to your calls and it's better to be safe rather than sorry!

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