Los Altos resident in custody following felony vandalism, battery arrest Friday

A 26-year-old Los Altos resident is in custody after being arrested in Cupertino early Friday (April 12) morning for allegedly assaulting the driver of a street sweeper, whose truck window shattered after an argument ensued, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office. 

Deputy Michael Low confirmed that Christopher Harper was detained by the agency after dispatchers received a call at 3:47 a.m. April 12 of a disturbance between two motorists near the intersection of Foothill Boulevard and Walnut Circle in Cupertino.

Christopher Harper

After deputies arrived and spoke with Harper, they arrested him for allegedly punching through a street sweeper driver’s side window, causing the glass to shatter and harm the unnamed victim in the cab. The act was apparently cued by an argument between Harper and the driver, Low said.

Medical staff on scene treated the driver’s injuries, the extent of which Low was unsure of, according to the incident report. As a precaution, the victim was transported to a local hospital for further treatment.

Harper was booked into the Elmwood Correctional Facility in Milpitas on charges of felony vandalism for breaking the glass window and felony battery causing serious bodily injury to the driver – a result of the glass shards hitting the driver.

While the extent of the victim’s injuries are unknown, Low added that from his experience, “serious bodily injury” may not be as scary as it sounds.

“‘Serious bodily injury’ could mean a cut or a laceration, some bruising,” Low told the Town Crier.

Harper appeared in court in Palo Alto Tuesday afternoon for his arraignment; no future hearings have been scheduled.

Low said court records show that the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office updated Harper’s charges to retain the allegation of felony vandalism but corrected the allegation of felony battery with serious bodily injury to felony assault with a deadly weapon due to the glass shards that tore through the truck when Harper smashed the window.

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