Running from the police makes a man thirsty. When Menlo Park officers caught up with Valentin Arias Jimenez, they discovered the alleged car thief chugging stolen soy milk beverages, according to the district attorney's office.
The 29-year-old East Palo Alto resident fled after reportedly ramming a stolen car into a police vehicle, then hiding inside a Madera Avenue home's garage before he was arrested Nov. 1. The homeowner confirmed that there had been six VitaSoy beverages stored in the garage; after the impromptu visit, there were three.
He remains in custody on $50,000 bail, the district attorney said, and is also facing deportation as an undocumented immigrant to Mexico, his country of origin.
Jimenez was arrested for possessing a stolen car, assault with a deadly weapon, felony hit and run, and resisting or obstructing a police officer. He pleaded not guilty in San Mateo County Superior Court on Nov. 2.
The district attorney's office said he has three prior convictions for felony car theft during the past eight years.