Pair Arrested After Leading Police On Pursuit (PHOTOS)
(by Melissa Hartman) – Two San Jose residents were arrested in Milpitas after leading an officer on a pursuit on Tuesday, according to the Milpitas Police Department.
Michelle Rodriguez, 23, and Rudy Cordero, 29, led a Milpitas officer on a car chase after the officer noticed the gold 1997 Honda Accord they were driving was reported stolen and tried to stop them, police said.
The officer was patrolling a residential neighborhood around 10 a.m. when he located the sedan driving south in the 1800 block of Vegas Avenue.
Rodriguez was driving the vehicle and took off at a high speed instead of pulling over and drove through a stop sign at the intersection of Arizona Avenue and Dixon Road. Rodriguez then lost control of the car and struck a street sign as well as a tree, which disabled the vehicle and both occupants, according to police.
The pair attempted to flee on foot, police said.
The officer who spotted them followed on foot and apprehended
Rodriguez. Fellow officers arrested Cordero in a nearby parking lot.
Police said that Rodriguez provided a fake name to the officers at first but was ultimately identified, at which point it was revealed she was on probation in Santa Clara County for narcotic offenses and theft.
Rodriguez was booked into Santa Clara County Main Jail on suspicion of possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of stolen property, auto theft with priors, providing a false name to officers, resisting arrest and two outstanding warrants for narcotic offenses, officers said.
Police said that Cordero was booked on suspicion of stolen property and resisting arrest.