The driver of a car attempting to evade a San Mateo County Sheriff's Office deputy chose the wrong Atherton street to flee down on Tuesday, June 2, just before 4 p.m. by turning off Middlefield Road onto dead-end Lane Place.
Salvador Zuno, the public information officer for the sheriff's office, said a deputy attempted to stop a black Nissan in unincorporated San Mateo County near Atherton for a traffic violation at around 3:50 p.m. on Tuesday, but the car did not stop.
With the deputy in pursuit the car turned onto Lane Place, which is near Holbrook-Palmer Park and also not far from Encinal School. Police followed the car into the cul-de-sac but three of the four people in the car fled on foot, Deputy Zuno said, with only the driver remaining.
Two Atherton officers assisted six sheriff's deputies in setting up a perimeter around the area, Deputy Zuno said, and found two of the car's occupants. One was in a nearby backyard and another in Holbrook-Palmer Park, he said.
Arrested were the driver, Elaina Renee Ruiz, 32, from San Mateo, on felony charges of evasion; passengers Antonio Lombera, 26, from Hayward, on a felony probation violation, and three misdemeanors -- resisting arrest or obstructing an officer, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine; and Joshua Torres, 34, from Redwood City, on misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest or obstructing an officer and parole violation, Deputy Zuno said.
Deputy Zuno said sheriff's deputies are looking for the fourth occupant of the car, who they believe is a woman wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant.