Gilroy man leads police on chase, jumps 30 feet after crash

Police

A Gilroy man faces a litany of charges after allegedly
kidnapping his ex-girlfriend and their 11-month-old daughter,
leading police on a high speed chase up the Peninsula and jumping
30 feet from a highway overpass.
A Gilroy man faces a litany of charges after allegedly kidnapping his ex-girlfriend and their 11-month-old daughter, leading police on a high speed chase up the Peninsula and jumping 30 feet from a highway overpass.

Jorge Moya, 26, is still recovering from moderate to severe injuries sustained from the jump but police booked him on charges of kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment, child endangerment, resisting arrest and parole violation, said Police Officer Jose Garcia, of the San Jose Police Department.

San Jose police received a call at 10:27 p.m. Saturday reporting a kidnapping on the 1600 block of Waverly Avenue in east San Jose, Garcia said. Police said when officers arrived, neighbors told them Moya had taken his 25-year-old ex-girlfriend and their infant daughter in his pickup truck against their will.

Officers located the vehicle and followed it as it entered northbound U.S. 101 near Tully Road, Garcia said. With the help of the California Highway Patrol and a San Jose Police helicopter, San Jose officers chased Moya past San Francisco International Airport and through the towns of Daly City and Colma, Garcia said. Moya’s speed fluctuated erratically during the chase, at times as slow as only 30 mph on the freeway and reaching speeds of about 80, police said.

Moya took I-380 to southbound I-280 and headed back toward San Jose. In Woodside, he slowed and “intentionally crashed” his truck into the guardrail, Garcia said.

“There was no other reason for him to crash,” Garcia said.

Moya exited the car and grabbed his ex-girlfriend at knifepoint for a few seconds before letting her go and jumping off the edge of the overpass to Woodside Road, about 30 feet below, Garcia said.

Officers located Moya semiconscious, but breathing, in the roadway.

“He was in no condition to flee,” Garcia said.

An ambulance transported Moya to Stanford Hospital, where he was formally arrested and administratively booked but remains under police supervision while he is recovering, Garcia said.

Neither the ex-girlfriend nor the child were injured.

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