Mountain View Police arrested a car-thief suspect last week after he sped away from an attempted traffic stop in Los Altos.
According to Los Altos Police Agent Frank Banuelos, Sgt. Mark Bautista attempted to pull over 28-year-old San Jose resident Daniel Pryor on Miramonte Avenue for speeding during the early morning hours of April 2 in what police later discovered was a stolen vehicle.
Banuelos noted that the suspect “continued driving for a while and looked like he was going to pull over” before suddenly fleeing from Bautista at a high rate of speed, turning down several side streets as he made his escape. Los Altos Police subsequently sent out an alert to neighboring law enforcement agencies about the incident.
Soon after, a Mountain View Police officer observed someone matching Pryor’s description walking along Barbara Avenue in Mountain View and sweating “profusely,” according to Banuelos.
“It looked like he had been running for a while,” he said.
The officer detained the suspect and police later found the car – apparently stolen from a Los Gatos resident – abandoned nearby on Allison Avenue. The engine was still running and items from the vehicle were scattered along the roadway. Mountain View Police contacted Bautista, who positively identified Pryor at the scene. Police also contacted the owner of the vehicle in Los Gatos, who was unaware at the time that the vehicle had been stolen.
During questioning, Pryor initially denied driving the stolen car, Banuelos said, but officers later discovered a GPS unit stolen from the vehicle in his possession.
Pryor was booked into Santa Clara County Main Jail on charges that included vehicle theft and evading police. At the time of his arrest, he was on probation and wanted on an outstanding felony warrant for drug charges.