SUV hits trees, ties up traffic in police chase


A suspected drunk driver hit multiple parked cars, bounced off of two trees on Shoreline Boulevard, ran a red light and drove the wrong way in an effort to escape police on Wednesday morning. The suspect was finally caught while attempting to flee on foot after his car lost a tire and got stuck on a median near the intersection of North Shoreline Boulevard and Terra Bella Avenue on March 19, police said.

No one was injured in the chase, but the incident did add to rush-hour gridlock in the area Wednesday morning.

It all began around 7:30 a.m., according to Sgt. Saul Jaeger, public information officer for the Mountain View Police Department. An officer making a traffic stop first saw the driver making a U-turn from the southbound lanes of North Shoreline Boulevard to the northbound lanes at the intersection of Montecito Avenue.

According to Jaeger, the driver took the turn too fast and ended up going off the road, over the sidewalk and onto a patch of grass and dirt. The driver accelerated, passed back over the sidewalk, crossed over the two lanes and hit a tree on the median.

At this point, Jaeger said, the driver of the car backed up the vehicle -- a dark gray Ford Explorer -- made eye contact with the witnessing officer and then drove north on North Shoreline Boulevard.

The officer pursued the driver at relatively low speed, Jaeger said -- observing as the suspect pulled into oncoming traffic near North Shoreline Boulevard and West Middlefield Road, in order to drive around other vehicles in his way. While on the wrong side of the road, the man ran a red light at the intersection of North Shoreline and West Middlefield.

At the next intersection -- Terra Bella Avenue and North Shoreline Boulevard -- the man ran the car up on the median, where it became stuck, Jaeger said. He tried to flee on foot, but didn't make it far before he tripped and fell on the sidewalk. That's where the officer arrested him.

Police identified the driver as 30-year-old Jesus Haro of Mountain View. He was taken into custody on suspicion of DUI, Jaeger said, noting that more charges will likely follow.

Upon further investigation, Jaeger said, police believe Haro may have hit multiple parked cars in the parking lot of the Safeway located at 570 N. Shoreline Blvd. prior to making the wild U-turn that initiated the chase.


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Posted by Time for the new
a resident of Bailey Park
on Mar 19, 2014 at 4:21 pm

This morning fun-time event was brought to once again by Alcohol!
Creating social woes and causing daily death and misery everywhere.

Coming soon to a theater near you.

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Posted by USA
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 19, 2014 at 5:48 pm

No. I drink plenty of whiskey, but I have never driven off road, hit other cars, hit a tree, drove the wrong way, or tried to out run police.

This "event" was brought to us by Senior Haro. He is responsible for his actions.

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Posted by Rock
a resident of Shoreline West
on Mar 19, 2014 at 6:08 pm

Agreed with USA, people need to be responsible for their actions. It wasn't just the pure presence of alcohol that caused this mayhem.

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Posted by Catalyst
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 20, 2014 at 6:30 am

So he would not have done any of this if he wasn't drunk?
Twisted logic. I say without alcohol this does not happen.
Some people can manage their heroin addiction without any problem as well so there is nothing to fear. drink up lushies!

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Posted by Otto Maddox
a resident of Monta Loma
on Mar 20, 2014 at 8:03 pm

Otto Maddox is a registered user.

Yes, let's blame anything but the person doing bad things.

Kill someone.. blame your parents!
Get bad grades in school.. blame the teacher!
Can't afford to live in a town.. blame the people who can afford to live there!

Let's live in a fantasy world where there is no alcohol. Forget we already tried that in this country and it was a miserable failure.

Stupid people will always find a way to do stupid things. It's in their nature. No amount of laws will change that.

It's called personal responsibility. We need to hold people accountable, even alcoholics.

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Posted by chuck mangione
a resident of Shoreline West
on Mar 21, 2014 at 6:29 am

chuck mangione is a registered user.

I was pretty close to him when he made the U-turn.

There was another police situation down the road, towards that Taco Bell and it was very slow-going, and some people decided to just dump off on whatever street that is after Safeway. Not this guy. This guy made a U-turn as soon as he could on the island.

Of course, he took his sweet time and by that point the oncoming traffic was on his heels, and he got honked at. A few seconds later, the cop, who was part of the oncoming traffic, flipped on his lights.

I wasn't aware of all the mayhem going on behind me.

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