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Man arrested in Pleasanton after high-speed pursuit

CHP: Late-night incident ends with fleeing driver found hiding in bushes

A San Jose man led law enforcement on a high-speed pursuit through Pleasanton on Monday night before ultimately being apprehended, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The incident began shortly after 11 p.m., when CHP officers attempted to make a traffic stop on a vehicle without license plates on Interstate 580 near Hacienda Drive.

The driver, later identified as 23-year-old Aaron Daniels, did not pull over and instead sped up to 110 mph on the freeway, according to CHP Officer Howard Walton.

The driver merged onto Interstate 680 southbound and then exited at Bernal Avenue, according to Walton. He continued onto Bernal eastbound before making a U-turn at Vineyard Avenue and heading back on Bernal, at which point he was driving up to 80 mph, running red lights and stop signs and passing drivers on the shoulder, according to Walton.

After getting back on Bernal Avenue, the driver allegedly made a right turn into a resident's driveway west of Vineyard Avenue, and while doing so, lost control of his car and sideswiped a car parked in the driveway.

The man then exited the vehicle and fled on foot, according to Walton. CHP officers, along with the Pleasanton Police Department and Alameda County Sheriff's Office, set up a perimeter and brought in a CHP helicopter to look for the fleeing driver.

After nearly a half-hour of searching, a Pleasanton police officer found Daniels hiding under bushes at a nearby residence, Walton said. Daniels was taken into custody without further incident.

Daniels had outstanding warrants and is facing charges of felony reckless evading, obstructing officer duties, driving on a suspended license and hit-and-run, according to Walton.

He was booked into Santa Rita Jail and was still being held on $85,000 bail as of Friday.

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Posted by KW
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Aug 26, 2016 at 3:11 pm

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I watched and heard and wondered from the corner at Smoketree Commons.... Pretty scary, seems to be happening more :(


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Posted by Rafael
a resident of Amador Estates
on Aug 27, 2016 at 7:15 am

It is happening more. It started in 2011 with the AB109 prison realignment, which was approved by the California voters. In a move to reduce prison crowding, non-violent felons are no longer being sentenced to prison and for the most part most are only getting probation and getting pumped right back out into your streets. These include your property criminals, which is why property crimes are going up across the board. I guess California voters are ok with your house getting burglarized and your car stolen. This movement has continued with the passing of prop 47. Drug use and criminal behavior go hand-in-hand. The California voters approved the possession of hardcore drugs to now be a misdemeanor. This includes heroin and meth. So now, instead of those people going to jail, they get a ticket and go on their way. But perhaps more importantly, their DNA is no longer collected after they are charged because DNA is only collected on felonies, and DNA collection is an important tool in solving crimes, which the passing of this law greatly diminished. Just to clarify, one could possess meth, possess a concealed loaded gun, be trespassing or prowling on your property and could run and resist from police and all of those above mentioned charges are only misdemeanors. That persons DNA would not be collected. Finally, public support for police and the law in general have eroded and public support for criminals is sky high, so do the math there. Just remember, these policies enacted which have led to this spike in crime were all enacted by the voters. Once you get tired of being victims then I recommend you vote on some policies that will be tough on crime again.


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Posted by Carl
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 27, 2016 at 8:40 am

Rafael,

In addition after the above the kind and Jerry Brown passed 11 anti guns bills to disarm only law abiding citizens. Makes sense? Hard to believe but true. All so they can stay in office and live the life on our money.


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Posted by mooseturd
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Aug 27, 2016 at 9:00 am

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It's pretty simple. More criminals on the street means more crime.


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Posted by Paco
a resident of California Reflections
on Aug 28, 2016 at 9:52 am

Looks like all the Trump KoolAid drinkers are out commenting in force (farce?)....

From, ya know, the FACTS:
The violent and property crime rates per 100,000 population increased from 2014 to 2015, but the 2015 rates remain 2.9 and 0.4 percent lower than 2010 (respectively) and about half of the rates seen 20 years ago.

(Web Link)


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Posted by Rafael
a resident of Amador Estates
on Aug 28, 2016 at 11:29 am

Paco,

That same report you quoted also identified that auto thefts have gone up nearly 11%. And that is statewide, we are concerned about Pleasanton here. Look at the statistics from the Pleasanton police annual report. There were only 85 auto thefts in 2011 (pre implementation of AB109) and the history was usually around that number. There has not been less than 100 auto thefts a year post AB109. Last year there was 165.....so that's just about double. There was also about 300 more thefts last year than previous years and no signs of that slowing down. Read some of the annual reports on the police website and educate yourself.


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Posted by mooseturd
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Aug 28, 2016 at 11:40 am

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Thanks Rafael. In addition, there are widespread reports that Police are not even making arrests for many misdemeanors since that does not even take the criminal off the street.


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Posted by patcher
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 29, 2016 at 9:19 am

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It's exactly as @Rafael states. Our house has been burglarized, AND we've had a vehicle stolen within the past four years. In the latter case, the criminal was caught in the act and identified. He is well known to local law enforcement, has an extensive criminal history for auto theft and drugs, and has been convicted of numerous crimes both before and after us.

We have a revolving door system. Cite and release. There is no disincentive for these types of crimes. Comes as no surprise that I just looked him up, and find that he has once again been arrested for:
VC10851(A)-F Take Vehicle Without Owner's Consent/Ve
HS11377(A)-M Poss Dangerous Drug/Cntrl Subs
PC496D(A)-F Receive Stolen Vehicle or Vessel


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Posted by Pete
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 29, 2016 at 11:05 am

It's all fun and games until someone breaks into the wrong house and gets their head blown off


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Posted by mooseturd
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Aug 29, 2016 at 11:31 am

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It seems that theft of catalytic converters has gotten so common that it doesn't cause any media notice.


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Aug 29, 2016 at 11:39 am

@Rafael : "That same report you quoted also identified that auto thefts have gone up nearly 11%. And that is statewide, we are concerned about Pleasanton here. Look at the statistics from the Pleasanton police annual report. There were only 85 auto thefts in 2011 (pre implementation of AB109) and the history was usually around that number. There has not been less than 100 auto thefts a year post AB109. Last year there was 165.....so that's just about double. "

Where did you find the total number of auto thefts last year (2015)? The latest PPD annual report I can find is the 2013 one.


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Aug 29, 2016 at 4:03 pm

@Rafael : "That same report you quoted also identified that auto thefts have gone up nearly 11%. And that is statewide, we are concerned about Pleasanton here. Look at the statistics from the Pleasanton police annual report. There were only 85 auto thefts in 2011 (pre implementation of AB109) and the history was usually around that number. There has not been less than 100 auto thefts a year post AB109. Last year there was 165.....so that's just about double. "

Never mind. I found the 2015 PPD annual report on the PPD website. It's true that there were 85 auto thefts in 2011 and 165 in 2015. But I think that you engaged in a little bit of cherry-picking of statistics. What you didn't say is that 2011 was a very low year for auto thefts and that the 4 of the 5 preceding years before 2011 had higher reported auto thefts. The number of reported auto thefts in 2006, about 10 years ago, was 141 which doesn't make 160 in 2015 look quite so bad if you take into account the fact that the population of Pleasanton was significantly smaller 10 years ago.

It's not easy to properly interpret statistics because the numbers always hop around a bit from year to year due to statistical fluctuations which have nothing to do with real trends. Always fun to play with the statistics, though.


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Posted by James
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Aug 30, 2016 at 9:47 am

Sam,

165 is significantly higher than 140, which apparently is the highest pre prop 47 number you could find. 2015 is the first post prop 47 year with data so far and it has the highest number of auto thefts and highest number of larcenys per year reported in Pleasanton, at lest going back about 10 years per the annual reports. Not sure how to find data before that. Yes, it may be a coincidence. However, I have heard that 2016 has seen a growth in crime so far over even 2015. I guess we will have to wait for the 2016 data to come out to see if their really is a trend going on...


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Posted by James
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Aug 30, 2016 at 10:24 am

Web Link ...looks like crime has gone up in California over 8% the first year and over 6% in California following the passing of prop 47 while the rest of the country's crime rate has remained flat, meanwhile the promised financial benefits of the bill have never materialized. Remember, this bill passed by 80% of the vote!! To make meth and heroin a misdemeanor and no longer a felony, to have commercial burglars CITE AND RELEASED!!...how did 80% of you vote for that? Well we are feeling the effects of it now. By the way, you may not remember voting for it cause they called it the "safer schools act" on the ballot. How they can get away with that is beyond me and is a stark reminder to the responsibilities you all have when you cast your vote...know what you are voting for!!


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Aug 30, 2016 at 12:54 pm

@James: "165 is significantly higher than 140, which apparently is the highest pre prop 47 number you could find. 2015 is the first post prop 47 year with data so far and it has the highest number of auto thefts and highest number of larcenys per year reported in Pleasanton, at lest going back about 10 years per the annual reports."

Again, directly comparing "164" to "140" is not the proper way to make the comparison for two data points spaced about 10 years apart in a rapidly growing community like Pleasanton. Pleasanton's population is about 80,000 people right now. In 2006, the population appears to have been about 66,000 from the Pleasanton growth rate listed on the Wikipedia page for Pleasanton. That's an over 20% increase in population between 2006 and today. On the other hand, we have an increase in auto thefts by about 18% from 2006 (140 auto thefts) to 2015 (165 auto thefts). So on a per capita basis, it looks like the rate of auto thefts has actually come down a little.

I admit that there does appear to be a spike in the number of Pleasanton crimes in 2015. On the other hand, if you look at the history of Pleasanton crimes in the PPD annual report, you'll also see crime spikes in the years 2004 and 2008, which turned out to be nothing more than that - just 1-year momentary or statistical spikes in crime which did not indicate the starts of any new trends. Maybe the officers in the PPD have more insight into what's going on right now, but as for us who are just basing our views on the reported crime statistic numbers it's not clear whether 2015 is a spike or a new trend. We'll just have to see.


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