Menlo Park car-chase incident ends with prison sentence


After pleading no contest to charges of recklessly evading arrest and child endangerment in an April 2015 car chase that ended in Menlo Park, East Palo Alto resident John Bivins was sentenced to four years in state prison in a San Mateo County courtroom on Tuesday (July 28), prosecutors said.

Mr. Bivins, 24, also admitted to a previous strike and is in jail on $50,000 bail, according to a report by Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti.

Mr. Bivins' attorney, Tom Kelley, would not comment on the case.

According to prosecutors, the incident began at around 9:30 p.m. on April 29 along Interstate 280 at Bunker Hill Drive when a California Highway Patrol officer pulled Mr. Bivins over for speeding. As the officer stepped out of the patrol car, Mr. Bivins sped off.

The officer chased him but lost sight of him, reporting that Mr. Bivins at one point was traveling at 100 mph. The pursuit resumed on southbound U.S. 101 in Redwood City, where officers clocked Mr. Bivins at 115 mph, prosecutors said.

He left the freeway at Willow Road in Menlo Park and the chase resumed on surface streets, where Mr. Bivins was reportedly driving at 40 mph, veering into the oncoming traffic lane, and driving past stop signs without stopping, prosecutors said.

Mr. Bivins ended his flight in the vicinity of Bay Road and Berkeley Avenue when he got out of his car and ran off, prosecutors said. In a search of the area, police found him hiding behind some garbage cans.

In Mr. Bivins' car, officers found his two children, ages 4 and 5, and their mother. The children were not in car seats or otherwise restrained, prosecutors said.

Prior to this incident, authorities had issued two warrants for Mr. Bivins' arrest, prosecutors said.

— Dave Boyce

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