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News - June 7, 2019

Crime Briefs

Witnesses dispute hit-and-run report

A driver who hit two vehicles and struck a fire hydrant on Tyrella Avenue in Mountain View last week cooperated with police and was apparently suffering from food poisoning, contrary to an initial report by police saying that he fled the scene.

Last week, the Voice and other news outlets reported that the hydrant, located on the 300 block of Tyrella Avenue, was struck by a car around 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 26.

Witnesses say the man driving the Volkswagon Atlas smashed the front of a Hyundai Elantra in an apparent head-on collision and side-swiped a Subaru Forester before striking the hydrant, causing a geyser of water to erupt. No one was injured in the incident.

The Mountain View Police Department initially reported that the driver fled the scene and was not located, and the road was shut down to turn off the water and clear the scene. But residents in the area told the Voice via email that they saw police officers questioning a man who appeared to be the driver, and conducted a field sobriety test before letting him go.

Police spokeswoman Katie Nelson, when presented with the witness information, then said the man reported he was suffering from food poisoning while driving, and that his illness was likely the reason for the collisions. She confirmed that he cooperated with the police investigation, and was not initially charged or cited for any crimes, Nelson said.

It's not yet known whether a final collision report will recommend any citations or charges, Nelson said.

Man tries to pants woman

A Mountain View woman told police that a man attempted to pull her shorts down while she was walking through the Waverly Park neighborhood on Monday afternoon. The man was not found.

The woman, 40, told police she was traveling east on Diericx Drive around 12:40 p.m. on June 3 when the man ran up from behind and tried to pull her shorts down, police said in a statement Tuesday. The victim said she screamed and saw the man run north towards Franklin Avenue. Officers conducted an "extensive search" of the area but could not find him.

He is described as a young white man between 5 feet, 8 inches and 6 feet tall, wearing a black baseball cap, a shirt with black and gray horizontal stripes, black shorts and black shoes.

Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to call Detective Robert Medina at 650-903-6189.

School threats not credible

Police were maintaining a higher presence at Mountain View High School after rumors that someone had made threats against the school over social media.

Administrators at the school called the Mountain View Police Department on Monday, June 3, to report a second-hand rumor, spread over Snapchat, that someone made an unspecified threat against the school, according to police spokeswoman Katie Nelson.

The department found that there was no credible threat to students or staff, and did not conduct a lockdown of the school, Nelson said. Out of an abundance of caution, police will have a "high-visibility presence" at the school throughout the week, she said.

Although the threats were not considered credible, Nelson said the school's responsiveness and quick action to notify parents of the incident Monday was appreciated.

—Kevin Forestieri

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