Two Palo Alto residents were found by police allegedly prowling early Saturday morning in a Pleasanton neighborhood where several cars had been rummaged through. One -- Daniel Vasquez, 25 -- was arrested and booked into county jail.
At about 3:55 a.m., police received a call from a resident in the area of Hamilton Way and Arlington Drive reporting a dark sedan driving slowly in the neighborhood with its headlights off.
Officers arrived and found several unlocked vehicles throughout the neighborhood that had been entered and rummaged through.
At 4:23 a.m., officers observed a vehicle in the same area, on Lansing Court, with its interior lights on. Inside were Vasquez and a 16-year-old male, also from Palo Alto.
According to police, Vasquez was allegedly in possession of methamphetamine and provided officers with a false name. The owner of the vehicle that Vasquez and the juvenile were in signed a citizen's arrest for prowling, police said.
Vasquez was booked at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, and the juvenile was released to his guardian.
About two and a half hours later, officers located a vehicle occupied by two people parked on Amber Lane, in the same neighborhood as the prior incident. The vehicle, a 2005 Nissan Altima with license plate No. 7VIS283, fled and hit the patrol vehicle as officers approached, according to police.
A pursuit ensued onto northbound Interstate Highway 680, then onto Bernal Avenue and then back onto Highway 680 going south. Officers eventually stopped pursuing the Altima on the highway near Sunol Boulevard because of the dangers of high speeds and rainy weather, police said.
No officers were injured when the Altima hit the patrol car.
Officers later learned that the registered owner of the Altima had loaned the vehicle to a relative who lives in the same complex in Palo Alto as Vasquez. No other details were immediately available on whether the two incidents are related.
Anyone with information about the cases is asked to call the Pleasanton Police Department at 925-931-5100.