Mountain View Voice

News - October 22, 2010

Crime briefs

Teen's joyride ends in arrest

A 14-year-old Redwood City boy was arrested on suspicion of recklessly evading the police Saturday night. A police officer attempted to pull over a black Ford Ranger, but the driver fled at high speed, blowing through stop signs and making erratic turns and lane changes, police said.

A Mountain View police officer initially attempted to pull the truck over after it failed to stop at a stop sign at Rengstorff and University avenues around 8:30 p.m. The driver evaded the officer, making wild turns, running red lights at high speed and almost causing "a whole bunch of accidents," police spokeswoman Liz Wylie said.

At one point, early in the chase, the truck made a hairpin turn to double back on the officer and nearly flipped, she said.

It was then that the pursuing officer got a look at the driver and two other passengers in the vehicle, Wylie said. The officer stopped chasing the truck shortly thereafter, because of the safety hazards involved in the pursuit, and lost sight of the Ranger on northbound San Antonio Road as it crossed over Central Expressway.

The truck was later found by another officer at around 11:30 p.m., parked at the corner of Villa Street and Calderon Avenue, Wylie said. The first officer was called to the scene, identified the driver as the one he had seen earlier in the evening, and the youth was arrested and booked into juvenile hall.

—Nick Veronin

Man hurls shopping carts

Two early morning drivers were attacked by flying shopping carts on Friday as they passed through the 1900 block of El Camino Real, police said.

In two separate incidents, victims — a 74-year-old Sunnyvale man and a 31-year-old Milpitas man — told police that an assailant had charged their vehicles and heaved a shopping cart at them, around 4 a.m. on Oct. 15, according to police spokeswoman Liz Wylie.

Jossue Hernandez, a 31-year-old Mountain View man, was arrested shortly after 4 a.m. when police found him nearby, staggering in the middle of El Camino Real "with no regard for his own safety," Wylie said. A damaged shopping cart was found nearby.

"He was clearly under the influence," Wylie said of Hernandez, noting that the police report stated the man almost fell over a number of times as police approached him.

There was damage to both vehicles, Wylie said.

Hernandez was charged with being drunk in public and with throwing objects with intent to cause great bodily injury, which a felony, Wylie said.

—Nick Veronin

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