Officers initially arrested Stanford resident Scott Foster on a domestic violence charge and took him to the police processing area at around 2:05 a.m. Foster was able to escape the car and took off running, police said.
Officers set up a perimeter immediately after learning of the escape, Stanford police Sgt. Christopher Cohendet said. Calling in help from the Palo Alto, Mountain View and Menlo Park police departments and county sheriffs, they began a K9 sweep and a grid search. Among the locations searched were Nixon and Escondido elementary schools, the Stanford Stadium, the campus cactus garden, the soccer field at Churchill Avenue and El Camino Real and the eucalyptus grove, according to a police-scanner report.
Police found Foster around 5:45 a.m. near the intersection of El Camino and Galvez Street.
"One of our perimeter units saw him pop his head out, and he was apprehended without a fight," Cohendet said.
Foster will now face additional charges, including resisting arrest and fleeing police officers. Cohendet said Stanford police are investigating whether the escape occurred because of police error or because of a malfunction with the vehicle. As of Thursday morning, police were unsure how Foster was able to escape.
Cohendet, who was not present for either arrest, said Foster was still in handcuffs at the second arrest.