Man arrested after hitting Menlo Park officer with his car


A 19-year-old San Mateo man was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon at 4:35 p.m. on Tuesday (Sept. 17) after he allegedly hit a Menlo Park police officer with his car, bruising the officer's knee.

After he was instructed to back up when he was stopped on Willow Road, the man allegedly lurched forward, and his vehicle struck the officer's left knee, according to an email from Nicole Acker of the Menlo Park Police Department.

Officers at the scene determined that the action was intentional, and the man was taken into custody and booked into San Mateo County Jail, Acker wrote.

Editor's note: It is The Almanac's policy to withhold the names of those arrested for most crimes until the District Attorney's Office has determined that there is sufficient evidence to file charges in the case.


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Posted by Always ADW when its cop
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Sep 20, 2019 at 11:08 am

[This and subsequent posts responding to it are being removed because they are off topic.]

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Posted by Huh?
a resident of another community
on Sep 20, 2019 at 1:32 pm

How did they determine it was intentional?

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Posted by native
a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights
on Sep 21, 2019 at 11:41 pm

If you were standing somewhere and a car hit you, you would know whether it was intentional or not. If you were standing staring at the driver when they put it into drive and hit you trying to escape that would make a determination that you would feel you had been assaulted intentionally.

We will get more information but I support the police they will have a videotape of it it will be open to the public. The comments seem to be assuming the police are wrong without any information, this is a sad assumption. We have been here for three generations and the police have been wonderful, honest, transparent to the public The hatred towards people running our country should not come down on the local police

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Posted by Huh?
a resident of another community
on Sep 22, 2019 at 1:29 pm

"The comments seem to be assuming the police are wrong without any information, this is a sad assumption."

I just asked how it was determined it was intentional. A few things caused me to wonder about this, not the least of which is if I somehow determined I wanted to hit someone with my car (but not seriously injure or kill that person), I would be concerned that I would not apply the correct amount of force and it might have some very unfortunate consequences, both for the person I wanted to hit and for me (and especially if that person were a cop).

"The hatred towards people running our country should not come down on the local police."

I don't hate Pres. Trump.

By the way, the Almanac ran another story a few years ago about the Menlo Park police charging a homeowner with trying to hit a code enforcement officer with his car while he was leaving his driveway, and he was tried and found innocent of that charge.

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