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Woman hijacks highway patrol car

Cat and mouse pursuit ends in ditch off Stoneridge Drive

A woman hijacked a California Highway Patrol car in Sunol at 3:40 Monday afternoon, leading officers on a high speed chase on northbound Interstate 680 until she flipped the patrol car over in an embankment near the Stoneridge Drive exit, according to authorities.

The woman, identified as 19-year-old Itse Murillo Orozco of San Jose, had been the passenger in a 1995 Acura Integra traveling on the freeway that a highway patrol car signaled to pull over in Fremont. Instead of pulling over, the male driver, identified as 26-year-old Miguel Velasquez also of San Jose, continued driving at about 70 to 80 mph and then suddenly exited off the Calaveras Road exit in Sunol, according to CHP spokesman Steve Creel.

Officers then used a maneuver with the patrol car to stop the vehicle, which worked, but then both the driver and the passenger fled the scene. Creel said officers tasered Orozco and put her in handcuffs and sat her in the backseat of the patrol car.

Meanwhile, officers pursued the Velasquez on foot. During that time, the Orozco somehow wiggled her arms in front of her, hopped into the driver's seat of the patrol car and sped off, hightailing it on I-680 north into Pleasanton, Creel said.

Officers followed the hijacked patrol car north until Orozco swung across all lanes in an attempt to exit at Stoneridge Drive and flipped the car into a ditch just before the off-ramp. She got out of the car and started running, but a deputy was able to apprehend her after tasering her. Orozco and Velasquez were taken to ValleyCare Medical Center for evaluation, released, and taken to Santa Rita Jail.

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Creel said they were booked for stolen vehicles, as the Acura was also stolen, felony pursuit and resisting arrest. Velasquez was also charged with being under the influence of a controlled substance, DUI and possession of burglary tools.

The incident, which snarled traffic in both directions of I-680, was extremely unusual, according to Creel.

"What was unique was the aggressiveness displayed by both, so we're looking into their backgrounds to see if they have any prior records," Creel said.

No other cars were involved in the incident and authorities are investigating how the woman was able to escape.

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Woman hijacks highway patrol car

Cat and mouse pursuit ends in ditch off Stoneridge Drive

by Janet Pelletier / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Mon, Dec 1, 2008, 5:58 pm
Updated: Wed, Dec 3, 2008, 10:57 am

A woman hijacked a California Highway Patrol car in Sunol at 3:40 Monday afternoon, leading officers on a high speed chase on northbound Interstate 680 until she flipped the patrol car over in an embankment near the Stoneridge Drive exit, according to authorities.

The woman, identified as 19-year-old Itse Murillo Orozco of San Jose, had been the passenger in a 1995 Acura Integra traveling on the freeway that a highway patrol car signaled to pull over in Fremont. Instead of pulling over, the male driver, identified as 26-year-old Miguel Velasquez also of San Jose, continued driving at about 70 to 80 mph and then suddenly exited off the Calaveras Road exit in Sunol, according to CHP spokesman Steve Creel.

Officers then used a maneuver with the patrol car to stop the vehicle, which worked, but then both the driver and the passenger fled the scene. Creel said officers tasered Orozco and put her in handcuffs and sat her in the backseat of the patrol car.

Meanwhile, officers pursued the Velasquez on foot. During that time, the Orozco somehow wiggled her arms in front of her, hopped into the driver's seat of the patrol car and sped off, hightailing it on I-680 north into Pleasanton, Creel said.

Officers followed the hijacked patrol car north until Orozco swung across all lanes in an attempt to exit at Stoneridge Drive and flipped the car into a ditch just before the off-ramp. She got out of the car and started running, but a deputy was able to apprehend her after tasering her. Orozco and Velasquez were taken to ValleyCare Medical Center for evaluation, released, and taken to Santa Rita Jail.

Creel said they were booked for stolen vehicles, as the Acura was also stolen, felony pursuit and resisting arrest. Velasquez was also charged with being under the influence of a controlled substance, DUI and possession of burglary tools.

The incident, which snarled traffic in both directions of I-680, was extremely unusual, according to Creel.

"What was unique was the aggressiveness displayed by both, so we're looking into their backgrounds to see if they have any prior records," Creel said.

No other cars were involved in the incident and authorities are investigating how the woman was able to escape.

Comments

Qwerty
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 1, 2008 at 6:28 pm
Qwerty, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 1, 2008 at 6:28 pm

I hate to say something so harsh, but people this dumb don't deserve to be in the gene pool.


MainStreetDiva
Vintage Hills
on Dec 1, 2008 at 6:40 pm
MainStreetDiva, Vintage Hills
on Dec 1, 2008 at 6:40 pm

My daughter and driving north on 680 and saw the hijacked car (and the other cards in pursuit) fly by us. We didn't see the hijacked car flip over, but saw one patrol car pass us on the right shoulder then park the car on the side of the Stoneridge exit ramp. Sure glad I wasn't running a minute early!


Huh?
Highland Oaks
on Dec 1, 2008 at 8:26 pm
Huh?, Highland Oaks
on Dec 1, 2008 at 8:26 pm

Excuse me, but unless this woman was a double-jointed alien (from another species, no reflection on her resident status), there is no way she could have "wiggled her arms over her head" while in handcuffs. Try it at home folks. I think the officer is wrong and that she must have *stepped* through the handcuffs.

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Huh?
Highland Oaks
on Dec 1, 2008 at 8:33 pm
Huh?, Highland Oaks
on Dec 1, 2008 at 8:33 pm

Furthermore, it's out-of-the-ballpark statements like the "wiggled her arms over her head" in the article that occasionally have people wondering whether their law enforcement officers are playing with a full deck or whether they were sadly mis-quoted by the press.


Cholo
Livermore
on Dec 1, 2008 at 9:27 pm
Cholo, Livermore
on Dec 1, 2008 at 9:27 pm

(Post removed by Pleasanton Weekly staff . Doesn’t make sense)


Mike
Del Prado
on Dec 1, 2008 at 10:07 pm
Mike, Del Prado
on Dec 1, 2008 at 10:07 pm

To bad she wasn't ejected and crushed by the CHP vehicle. It would say the taxpayers a lot of money.


Huh
Highland Oaks
on Dec 2, 2008 at 9:45 am
Huh, Highland Oaks
on Dec 2, 2008 at 9:45 am

Ms. Pelletier - Thank you for editing the story late last evening to read "somehow wiggle her arms in front of her" after reading the comments above. You must have agreed that it was pretty preposterous the way it was written originally.


Witness
Dublin
on Dec 2, 2008 at 10:59 am
Witness, Dublin
on Dec 2, 2008 at 10:59 am

I was in the first car that got cut off the at the Stoneridge exit by the hijacked car. It was dramatic and scary to say the least. After all, it was less than feet away from clipping my car. I feel lucky, somewhat. I have to say even driving safely may not guarantee you will be safe in on the road. I thinks that police, chp, could have been able to catch up with the driver eventually without risking others by the chase.


Ceaser
Vintage Hills
on Dec 2, 2008 at 6:41 pm
Ceaser, Vintage Hills
on Dec 2, 2008 at 6:41 pm

Whatever Cholo said must have been really bad for Jeb to delete it.

The very next post says "it's too bad she wasn't crushed by the CHP
to save taxpayer money"

come one Jeb. Your slippin.


unknown
another community
on Dec 2, 2008 at 6:59 pm
unknown, another community
on Dec 2, 2008 at 6:59 pm

I'm glad those morons got caught. honestly i wish the worst for them. they stole my brother's car the acura described above, he hella liked that car and they just took it like that, they stole it on friday morning. but it's over now hahaha!


garden lady
Registered user
Birdland
on Dec 3, 2008 at 9:11 am
garden lady, Birdland
Registered user
on Dec 3, 2008 at 9:11 am

in response to comment made by "Huh?", I don't recall any mention of "residence" or "resident status" mentioned in the article. The article did not say what city they resided. (?) Would it really matter? I'm just glad they got caught.


mac
Registered user
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 3, 2008 at 9:40 am
mac, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
Registered user
on Dec 3, 2008 at 9:40 am

Thanks to Janet for being the first news paper to report on this incident. Now that's good reporting.


Mark Byerly
Registered user
Del Prado
on Dec 3, 2008 at 1:49 pm
Mark Byerly, Del Prado
Registered user
on Dec 3, 2008 at 1:49 pm

Who says Pleasanton is boring? We've got our own Smokey and The Bandit thing goin'.... <grin>


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