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Hurled asphalt shatters patrol car's window

Authorities are looking for whoever threw a chunk of asphalt onto a California Highway Patrol car in Mountain View on Thursday, shattering a rear window and startling the officer inside.

The incident happened at about 11:30 a.m., when CHP Officer Marco Castillo was stopped on the right shoulder of northbound state Highway 85 just north of Dana Street, according to CHP spokesperson Officer Grace Castillo (no relation).

The large piece of asphalt fell through the left rear window and was believed to have come from the Dana Street overcrossing, she said. The officer was uninjured but went off-duty after the incident.

Police believe the act was intentional. A search of the area didn't turn up any other debris, Grace Castillo said.

Anyone who may have any information on the incident is asked to call the CHP Redwood City office at (650) 369-6261, ext. 337.

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Posted by So sad
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Dec 17, 2009 at 3:26 pm

Bad news, I bet a reward would find out the culprit.


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Posted by Newton
a resident of North Whisman
on Dec 17, 2009 at 4:29 pm

He was so startled he had to go off-duty?


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Posted by Franky
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Dec 17, 2009 at 4:47 pm

I hope they catch the person that tried to kill this police officer!

I also think it was wise for him to go off-duty. I don't want police to be distracted while on duty.


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Posted by Will Whitlock
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Dec 18, 2009 at 2:28 pm

This is becoming a larger and larger problem. Twice now in the last couple years my vehicle has been attacked by this kind of thing, once from a Highway 101 overpass in San Mateo and once while driving on 19th St. in the City. I didn't bother to report either because I strongly doubt these people can be found and apprehended. I hope some preventative measures can be taken somehow, however.


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Posted by radya
a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on Dec 18, 2009 at 4:32 pm

Given the number of officer killings this past year, who can blame this officer for being startled? They must all be feeling like they are sitting targets right now.


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Posted by Karl
a resident of Shoreline West
on Dec 20, 2009 at 9:01 am

Likelihood "these people can be found and apprehended" if reported: slim. Likelihood if not reported: none. I'll take slim over none, especially since the likelihood that said people will strike again is probable.


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Posted by oranje
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Dec 21, 2009 at 8:27 pm

"Posted by Will Whitlock, a resident of the Blossom Valley neighborhood, on Dec 18, 2009 at 2:28 pm

This is becoming a larger and larger problem. Twice now in the last couple years my vehicle has been attacked by this kind of thing, once from a Highway 101 overpass in San Mateo and once while driving on 19th St. in the City. I didn't bother to report either because I strongly doubt these people can be found and apprehended. I hope some preventative measures can be taken somehow, however."

Will, wake up and REPORT these events. Too much effort....


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Posted by Will Whitlock
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Dec 22, 2009 at 2:35 pm

"Just report it". Sounds so easy, yet in fact that's hardly the reality.

You're driving along the freeway and it happens on some overpass, you're not even sure which one because it doesn't happen until after you've passed it. And which one of the many peninsula cities was it that you're in at the moment? And then what's the number of its police department? And you're on your way to a meeting at work and can't be late.

So many problems and so much time to spend when the outcome is going to be "nothing done" anyway.

A central statewide website to report such crimes would be a nice feature for a start.


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Posted by Rodger
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Dec 22, 2009 at 4:56 pm

I would like to see all crimes in Mountain View posted on the web along with weekly, monthly, and yearly percentage totals of crimes solved which would us a picture of the extent of the problem and if the police are solving many of the crimes. Comparison with other cites of similar size would be interesting and maybe useful in developing a plan of action to decrease crime.


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Posted by The Eye
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Dec 24, 2009 at 3:07 pm

Chain-link barrier fences, as there are on several bike bridges I've seen over US Hwy 101, would go a long way to help prevent "large stone droppers" being able to do this (as it prevents them from doing so over US Hwy 101), as they'd have to heft a heavy chunk of concrete or stone over the barrier, and still try and hit their intended target. I think that under those circumstances, most vandals wouldn't bother. Heck, I'd be willing to kick in tax dollars for that.


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