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Felon arrested after three-car crash, manhunt

Palo Alto police set up perimeter following early-morning crash

Editor's Note: The name of the accused in this incident was removed from the story on July 19, 2017 at the family's request. He passed away in 2014.

A wanted felon out for a night of partying was arrested after a three-car crash and a manhunt in Palo Alto early Monday morning.

[Name removed], 23, a parolee who had an outstanding warrant for his arrest, allegedly crashed his car at 1:16 a.m. in the 400 block of East Meadow Drive. The passengers of his vehicle had minor injuries, but he fled, according to Sgt. Dave Flohr.

Police determined that [name removed] was a parolee and set up a perimeter, Flohr said. He said a K-9 unit was used as police did a yard-to-yard search. A detective spotted [name removed] and he was booked on felony hit and run and felony DUI charges, Flohr said.

Sue Dremann

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Posted by David
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 17, 2011 at 11:23 am

Congratulations to PAPD on this night operation involving multiple agencies. I read the blow by blow via twitter this morning (our local scanner transcriber), and it sounds like it went smooth. Great job to our guys and gals in blue.


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Posted by Anon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 17, 2011 at 11:49 am

Great job PAPD! Keep this loser in jail as long as possible.


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Posted by How-Long-Will-He-Stay-In-Jail?
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 17, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Hmmm .. if there was an outstanding warrant on this fellow, why wasn't he picked up by the police already?

This article doesn't provide much information about Bukchin, but there is a Facebook entry for a person of the same name, living in Palo Alto in 2001-2002 time frame. If this is the same person, and he was still living in Palo Alto--why hasn't he been picked up at his home by now?


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Posted by Fred
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Jan 17, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Because the police are too busy responding to 911 calls about barking dogs and people stealing recyclables...


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Posted by How-Long-Will-He-Stay-In-Jail?
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 17, 2011 at 12:41 pm

> Because the police are too busy responding to 911 calls

Really? It's not hard to see PA Police sitting around coffee shops most any time of day.

No .. answering 911 calls is probably not the reason this guy wasn't picked up at his home.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Jan 17, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Yes this happened outside my house. It took approximately 4 hours to deal with but the police did a good job.


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Posted by Unknown
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 17, 2011 at 3:09 pm

I was outside with my friend and saw a few firefighter trucks and police racing past my house and we got freaked out. this was really scary and we hope everything is alright.


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Posted by Maria
a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 17, 2011 at 5:18 pm

To David, could you please provide the link to the info about PAPD on twitter?
Thanks!


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Posted by qq
a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 17, 2011 at 5:27 pm

qq on twitter

Web Link


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Posted by John
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jan 17, 2011 at 5:29 pm

How long. PAPD did a great job! Give them a break. We don't know how lucky we are living in Palo Alto. Maybe if the cops had all they needed to do their jobs, the creep would have been in custody earlier.


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Posted by coppp
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jan 17, 2011 at 6:02 pm

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Posted by Observer
a resident of South of Midtown
on Jan 17, 2011 at 8:17 pm

To the inimitable qq, thank you from all of us for watching over our community and being so often the one to clue us in on things we might otherwise miss. Your vigilance and dedication are a gift to all of us.


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Posted by bill
a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 17, 2011 at 8:31 pm

How-long-will-he-stay-in-jail. There are literally scores of people with warrants out against them. What makes you think they stay in one place since 2001/2002 with a sign saying "here I am"?

Obviously you have no clue how police operate let alone realize how few are on duty any given hour. And yes, they get a coffee break and meal times during their (11 hour) shifts. Don't you?


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Posted by JLS alumni
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Jan 17, 2011 at 9:24 pm

I knew Vadim back in middle school in 2001. He was bad news then. Not surprised he's a wanted felon. Great job PAPD.


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Posted by PAPD Fan
a resident of College Terrace
on Jan 18, 2011 at 11:37 am

How-Long-Will-He-Stay-In-Jail?, are you kidding?? Do you really think that everyone who has an outstanding warrant will be picked up? You're dreaming. There are FAR too many of these people for the police to deal with. It usually takes an incident like this before the person is taken in. Lots of criminals out there!


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Posted by josephparson214
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Jan 18, 2011 at 12:34 pm

My son used to be friends with this reckless young man now I am starting to see a pattern this is the young man that dated the victim of that kidnapping case in 2008 [portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]


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Posted by k9
a resident of Meadow Park
on Jan 18, 2011 at 6:14 pm

they sent a k9 unit to check on a person changing their bike tire!!! your tax dollars at work!!!


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Posted by neighbor
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Jan 18, 2011 at 8:02 pm

I'm with "bill" -- "how-long" has a problem with police officers taking breaks? Amazing! Sounds like you expect the police to be everywhere at all times. If, by some miracle, that was possible, would you then criticize them for being too "big brother"? Our officers aren't perfect, but I have great respect for the PA police department.


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Posted by Trippin
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 12, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Get a life people...


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 20, 2017 at 11:41 am

Is it an established journalistic practice to remove a felon's name from old news reports when the felon passes away if the family requests it?


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