San Mateo County Deputy Injured While in Pursuit - March 10, 2016
This morning, patrol was a lot scarier for a San Mateo County Sheriff’s Deputy. His injuries were minor but the danger was major in the head-on collision
he was involved in as he chased a fleeing suspect early Thursday morning. The pursuit began at Cañada Community College and continued with the suspect ramming head-on into the patrol car and then fleeing on to San Bruno where the escapade ended.
It was just a few minutes past midnight, early on the morning of March 10th, when the deputy and his partner were checking the college parking lot when they noticed a white Dodge Durango with three occupants inside. As one deputy approached the Durango to question the occupants, the driver started the engine and rammed backward into the patrol car.
The driver of the Durango, 24-year-old Alexander Reyes, then raced forward, narrowly missing the first deputy, before barreling off out of the parking lot. The deputies were in pursuit at a high rate of speed as they continued onto Highway 280. By the time the Durango exited at San Bruno Avenue, more police and law enforcement agencies had joined in the chase. As Reyes took the Durango east on San Bruno Avenue and through a residential neighborhood, it crashed head-on into the original pursuing deputy’s patrol car. He kept driving, leading police on a chase through San Bruno, even after losing its front tire. Eventually, stopping near 1100 El Camino Real in Millbrae.
Reyes was treated for minor injuries and arrested after leaving the hospital. He has been charged with three misdemeanors as well as assault on a deputy, hit-and-run with injury, eluding a police officer and violation of parole. There other two passengers were Myra Ochoa, 18, and Breiza Sandoval, both 22, of Redwood City, were arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest and soon released.
The officer was treated for his injuries and released with no concerns.
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