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News - May 11, 2011

Fast and furious in Menlo Park: Cops pursue stolen vehicle

A stolen car caught the attention of a Menlo Park police officer during the wee hours of Friday morning, May 6. Instead of pulling over, the driver reportedly decided to channel his inner racecar driver, with the police in pursuit until speeds over 80 mph made the officer think twice.

Once the 2004 white GMC Sierra crossed into East Palo Alto, local officers picked up the trail until finally the car crashed into a tree in the 1700 block of University Avenue, according to police spokeswoman Nicole Acker.

A passenger ditched the car and driver, who found himself taken into custody. Gabriel Hernandez, 19, was booked into county jail for allegedly receiving stolen property, driving recklessly to escape pursuit, misdemeanor hit-and-run with property damage, resisting arrest, and driving on a suspended license.

— Sandy Brundage

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