Man caught by police dog after car, foot chase


A man was arrested late Saturday morning after he tried to evade Palo Alto police twice, once when he sped away in a car and the second time when he ran away after crashing his car, Palo Alto Police Agent Dan Ryan said.

Jose Samaniego, 41, a Mexican citizen, was wanted on a parole violation and was not supposed to be in California as a condition of his parole on a sex offense, Ryan said. He is in custody on multiple charges, with an immigration hold.

The first chase started at 10:56 a.m. when an officer noticed Samaniego and two other men in a car parked at a closed auto shop at Fabian Way and Charleston Road.

When the officer approached the car, Samaniego sped off to San Antonio Road then turned north onto Middlefield Road with officers in pursuit, Ryan said.

Samaniego crashed his car at Middlefield and Charleston roads and ran away. He was caught two blocks away by an officer and a police dog, Ryan said.

Samaniego now faces charges of evading police, hit and run, lying to police about his identity and resisting arrest. In addition, the federal government has an immigration hold on him, which means he will be deported after serving any additional prison time, Ryan said.

The two men with Samaniego were released without any charges.

-- Don Kazak


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Posted by Ada
a resident of Midtown
on May 14, 2008 at 8:54 am

Cudos for Palo Alto police and their dog:)

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Posted by lock him up
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 14, 2008 at 10:56 am

Deportation is a ticket to freedom. It's easier to 'escape' Mexico and cross the border than it is to escape from jail. No wonder this guy is back on the streets after his prior sex offense arrest.

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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on May 14, 2008 at 11:26 am

The criminal element among the millions of illegals is truly terrifying.

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Posted by levotb
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 15, 2008 at 8:10 am

Good old ultra-liberal, ultra-tolerant, sanctuary community Bay Area! It's going to take some real tragedies over a period of time before citizens tell their Socialist town councils and mayors to give their police the 287.g training and begin getting the hundreds of thousands of illegals out of their communities.

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Posted by Buzzm1
a resident of another community
on May 15, 2008 at 8:24 am

Illegal immigrants are destroying our communities, and costing CA taxpayers billions of dollars.

Education, for the 1.4 million illegal immigrant students, in California, costs taxpayers over 15 Billion Dollars a year.

Incarceration of criminal illegal immigrants in California State Prisons costs 1.4 Billion Dollars a year.

Recently a bill was introduced that would deport 17,000 illegal immigrants from our state prisons, to save money, and deal with the issue of overcrowding. The Hispanic Caucus killed the bill before it ever got out of committee. Now, 22,000 allegedly non-violent felons will be release among us, in lieu of the 17,000 illegals being deported.

California has the 48th highest unemployment rate (6.2%) among all states. Illegal immigrants are taking jobs away from citizens.

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Posted by Ferdinand
a resident of El Carmelo School
on May 15, 2008 at 1:53 pm

Poor stupid Seniors and those parents with children--in California. By ignoring illegal immigration, you are proving how much you care about those even close to you. Really pathetic people. Make sure your house has deadbolts on the door and don't walk your dog after 5 pm. But this is moot advice, you probably already accept living like this.

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Posted by Phil
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 15, 2008 at 11:12 pm

Illegal Immigrations are ruined out everywhere in USA and they are broken the law and sneaked USA for free and money and they steal from American's jobs as Suppose to give all Americans who born on USA on the soil because we paid TAXES for it but Ill. Imm. did not pay one cent to TAX... NOT FAIR. All Ill. Imm. MUST depot to their countries or Mexico. Unless they must buy GREEN CARDS or VISA to come to pay for US Citzens. Not right to give Ill.Imm. free. NO WAY! They know better this situation. I know they (Ill.Imm)feel sorry or pity themselves for free in USA ... WHY NOT Mexican people should fight with Mexico Goverment to set up new TAXES and give MORE Jobs then they CAN stay there and no more come USA and HURRY completely Border wall or fence soon as possible. I am sick of it.

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