Driver in CHP pursuit drove wrong way on 101

Officers stop car south of Woodside Road on Highway 101

A driver who fled from police by driving the wrong way on U.S. Highway 101 Tuesday (Aug. 30) was stopped after California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers rammed the car and pinned it between the police cruiser and a concrete divider wall, police spokesman Officer Art Montiel said in a statement.

The incident began in Redwood City at 2 a.m. after officers tried to stop a gray Honda Civic that was weaving heavily on southbound 101 south of the Woodside Road exit. The driver began to slow and appeared to exit at Marsh Road when the suspect suddenly accelerated away from the officers.

The officers ran the Honda's license plate, which returned as a stolen vehicle from Hayward. As the Honda neared Willow Road, the suspect slowed abruptly, made a complete U-turn, and began driving the wrong way down the highway, Montiel said.

Officers immediately recognized the extreme danger the wrong-way vehicle posed to oncoming motorists and rammed the Honda.

The officers were able to pin the Honda between their police cruiser and a concrete divider wall. The suspect still made numerous attempts to accelerate away causing its front tires to spin and emit thick smoke, Montiel said.

The Honda ultimately became immobilized and the driver was taken into custody without further incident. The front passenger complained of pain and was transported to Stanford Medical Center. The driver's identity has not been released.

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Posted by reckless drivers
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Sep 1, 2011 at 9:51 am

Stop reckless driving by making the penalties commensurate with the risk to society. Reckless driving penalties should be at least as tough as for attempted murder. Society has been coddling these terrorists for too long.

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Posted by sara
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Sep 1, 2011 at 11:01 am

why has the driver's identity NOT been released? can you tell us the reason? is he/ she a minor? what other reason / category is there? please clarify

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Posted by reckless drivers
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Sep 1, 2011 at 11:10 am

If the perp is in custody for a serious crime, the cops may not release the name immediately, to avoid compromising the investigation. Responsible journalists will report when the name is released and charges are filed, right?

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Posted by Sue Dremann
Palo Alto Weekly staff writer
on Sep 1, 2011 at 3:57 pm

Sue Dremann is a registered user.

The suspect's name has not yet been released because the investigation is ongoing. We will post more information as soon as it becomes available. Also, we recommend watching the website of our sister paper in Menlo Park, The Almanac, for breaking news related specifically to the Menlo Park area. Link: Web Link

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Posted by JustMe
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 1, 2011 at 5:30 pm

Good going CHP, thank you for removing this threat to society.

It looks like he was also a threat to himself, he seems to be suffering from a near-fatal level of stupidity.

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