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Man crashes truck into wall during police chase

Police searched for suspect in Crescent Park Wednesday

Police conducted a manhunt in the Crescent Park neighborhood in Palo Alto on Wednesday after a man fled an officer and crashed a utility truck into a residential brick wall.

The incident began around 4:30 p.m. after a motorist flagged down an East Palo Alto police officer to report that an individual who was driving erratically had hit the victim's car on U.S. Highway 101.

Upon seeing the officer, the man fled in a white utility-style truck with the officer in pursuit. The officer stopped chasing the vehicle, which was traveling west on University Avenue, after he noticed the driver was maneuvering the truck erratically. The officer did not want the truck to crash, East Palo Alto police Commander Jeff Liu said. But that did not stop the reckless driver, who crashed after the officer had stopped the pursuit.

"He crashed the truck on his own anyway," Liu said.

The driver ran off University Avenue and struck the brick wall of a residence on the corner of the 400 block of Marlowe Street. He fled on foot, Liu said.

East Palo Alto and Palo Alto police searched for the man, creating a perimeter between University Avenue, Maple and Marlowe streets. They called a number of residences in the area to alert them to the suspect and searched yards, but the man was not found. Dispatchers described him as a tall, thin man wearing a gray sweater or hoodie. Police are still looking for him, although the containment area has been disbanded.

Liu said that Palo Alto police are processing the truck and California Highway Patrol is taking the accident report. No one was injured.

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Posted by The Gimp
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Nov 30, 2016 at 5:13 pm

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 1, 2016 at 8:42 am

Any update?

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Posted by Loren
a resident of Crescent Park
on Dec 1, 2016 at 12:30 pm

Thank you Palo Alto Police for being professional and thorough during your search. We appreciate you. It is unfortunate that the suspect couldn't be found but hope you find him soon.


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Posted by My Ton
a resident of another community
on Dec 2, 2016 at 10:17 pm

Any updates or news on this? The man who waved police down was my boyfriend and the car that the suspect hit into was mine and my boyfriend's car.

I hope they find him soon..


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