Three arrested after car chase ends on foot in Atherton

Passengers run after car trapped on dead-end street

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.

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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jun 5, 2015 at 12:27 pm

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Superb police work and mutual aid. Three suspects captured and all done so in a safe and professional manner.

Thank you Atherton PD and San Mateo Sheriff's Office.

PS. And watch how little publicity excellent police work gets.

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Posted by Huh?
a resident of another community
on Jun 5, 2015 at 12:50 pm

It just did get publicity. You're responding to it. This is in case of an evasion that resulted in an arrest, with no violence alleged on the part of the perps. I'm not sure why any medals would be handed out over this one. It's supposed to be a routine part of their job.

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Posted by Water
a resident of another community
on Jun 5, 2015 at 3:46 pm

Water is a registered user.

Yep, a routine part of their job. It's nice to let the public know it happened. But they also let one of them escape.

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Posted by Attractive Nuisance
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Jun 5, 2015 at 6:28 pm

Kudos for a job well done APD and SMCSO.

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Posted by Parent
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Jun 5, 2015 at 7:03 pm

Swift thorough and safely done. A park full of children and parents little leaguers being dropped off. It is part of their job, but kudos to them for doing it well. The police bashing is tired and absurd Thank you APD and all police for doing a thankless job and putting your lives on the line everyday.

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