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Man arrested after vehicle and foot chase ends in East Palo Alto

Menlo Park police chase down 29-year-old who fled from car carrying drugs, paraphernalia

A man was arrested after fleeing from a Menlo Park traffic stop and leading police on a brief pursuit into East Palo Alto on Monday night, according to Menlo Park police.

A police officer attempted to stop the 29-year-old East Palo Alto resident for a vehicle code violation in the area of East O'Keefe Street and Menalto Avenue shortly after 9 p.m., police said in a Nixle alert issued Tuesday.

As the officer approached the vehicle, the driver fled south on East O'Keefe Street into East Palo Alto. After the brief pursuit, the vehicle came to a stop and the driver and another man fled on foot in the 300 block of East O'Keefe, according to police.

The vehicle was not placed in park so it continued moving and hit an unoccupied parked vehicle. The driver was taken into custody after a brief pursuit but his passenger eluded arrest, police said.

A subsequent search of the vehicle allegedly revealed drug paraphernalia and narcotics, and a records search indicated the driver had an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

The driver was booked into San Mateo County jail on suspicion of evading police, resisting or obstructing an officer, hit-and-run, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance for sale, police said.

Editor's note: The Weekly's policy is to withhold the names of those arrested for most crimes until the District Attorney has determined there is sufficient evidence to file charges in the case. See our guidelines here.

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