Brief Chase, Then a Crash

Brief Chase, Then a Crash

With guns drawn, Gilroy police officers, including Wes Stanford, center, approach the vehicle of Juan Manuel Mesa, 34, of Greenfield, after he crashed his Honda Accord into the guard rail at U.S. 101 and the Carnadero Creek bridge, about one-mile south of Monterey Road. Motorcycle Cpl. Joe Crivello stopped Mesa on the southbound ramp to U.S. 101 from 10th Street after he made an illegal U-turn at 10th and Chestnut. As Crivello approached the vehicle, Mesa fled, reaching more than 70 mph before losing control in slow traffic south of Monterey Road. He was flown to a San Jose trauma center and placed under arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence and other charges to be determined, according to Gilroy Sgt. John Sheedy. He destroyed 15 feet of the guard rail.

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