A man driving a stolen car was arrested in East Palo Alto Wednesday after police forced his car to stop and then chased him on foot as he tried to climb a fence at an apartment complex.
When police tried to place Hugo Valencia, 23, in handcuffs, he drew a handgun from his pocket. After a brief struggle, officers disarmed Valencia, East Palo Alto Detective Ed Soares said.
The pursuit of the stolen car began when two Palo Alto officers spotted it when they were in the city on a follow-up investigation. The officers saw the car driving southbound on East Bayshore Road near Donohoe Street and notified East Palo Alto police.
Police managed to stop the car at the West Park Apartment complex on Cooley Avenue, Soares said, which is when Valencia left the car and tried to climb a fence.
After Valencia was in custody, police discovered he was out on bail after being arrested a month ago in Menlo Park on a firearms charge.
Valencia was booked on charges of possession of a stolen vehicle, numerous weapons charges and possession of suspected methamphetamine.
Anyone with additional information about the incident is asked to call Soares at 650-853-3131 or the East Palo Alto Police Department anonymous tip line at 650-851-8477.