Leap from parking structure ends police chase

Man fleeing officer leaps from multi-story structure, is injured

A man running from Mountain View police ended the pursuit when he hurt himself by jumping from the top of a multiple-story parking structure, law enforcement officials said.

Jaime Trinidad, a 19-year-old from Milpitas, began running when the car he was in was pulled over for speeding by a police officer at about 7:40 p.m. on May 13, according to Mountain View police spokeswoman Liz Wylie.

A police sergeant first attempted to pull over the Honda Accord carrying Trinidad near the juncture of Highway 237 and Dana Street. Wylie said the driver of the Accord did not pull over immediately. Instead, he exited Highway 237 onto Highway 85, turned off at El Camino Real heading east, turned right at The Americana, and stopped the car between the Lucky supermarket shopping center and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation building.

That's when Trinidad made a run for it, Wylie said. Multiple police officers quickly converged on the scene and found Trinidad on the top level of the medical center's parking garage. He jumped into a landscaped area about 30 feet below and tried to continue running but immediately fell down, Wylie said.

He was taken to the hospital for a possible fractured spine, Wylie said. He has since been released and was issued a citation for possession of burglary tools; Trinidad was allegedly carrying pieces of automotive spark plugs, which can be used to break car windows.

Trinidad was also on parole from the California Youth Authority, Wylie said. She isn't sure if he will be charged with violating his parole.

The driver of the car was issued a citation for speeding. Marijuana was found in the car, but the person who claimed responsibility for the drug had a medical cannabis card.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 17, 2011 at 10:39 am

sounds like he's seen too many movies - or taken up that fad which was rather ridiculously and breathlessly written about at Paly -- the "sport" of Parcour (sp?)

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Posted by Trukadero
a resident of Community Center
on May 17, 2011 at 11:33 am

"Trinidad was also on parole from the California Youth Authority, Wylie said. She isn't sure if he will be charged with violating his parole."


If you are pulled over by the police and run away only to be caught with items for jacking cars on you? Yeah, I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say you oughta be considered in violation of your parole.

Also, I'm glad nobody else was hurt.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of another community
on May 17, 2011 at 2:16 pm

His fractured spine should slow him down for a while. Lets hope it is enough to get him to quit his criminal ways.

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Posted by Irony
a resident of another community
on May 17, 2011 at 3:38 pm

A fractured spine, yikes. He wont be "back" anytime soon.

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Posted by anon
a resident of College Terrace
on May 17, 2011 at 3:55 pm

Resident, if I'm correct in assuming you're being sarcastic when calling parkour a sport, try reading up on it a bit. What you're doing is the same as sarcastically calling something like gymnastics a sport. It takes countless hours of training and a massive amount of strength and coordination to do something like that.

I haven't read the article, so I can't comment on the journalism, but there's no need to try to insult two completely unrelated things in your statement on the man.

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