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Man Abducts Family, Leads LE on 75-Mile Chase, Leaps From Freeway

Man Abducts Family, Leads LE on 75-Mile Chase, Leaps From Freeway

San Jose Mercury News via YellowBrix

October 04, 2010

SAN JOSE – A San Jose man forced his former girlfriend and their infant into his pickup truck, then led police on a 75-mile chase Saturday night that ended with a crash on Interstate 280 in Woodside, police said.

Jorge Moya, 26, jumped from the freeway shoulder onto Woodside Road below, a 30-foot drop, Officer Jose Garcia said.

Moya was transported to Stanford University Hospital with unspecified injuries. Citing privacy laws, the hospital would not release any information about his condition.

According to Garcia, police received a call at 10:27 p.m. Saturday reporting that a man had forced a 25-year-old woman and her 11-month-old baby into a pickup truck at her home on Waverly Avenue, in the Overfelt neighborhood near Highway 101 and Tully Road in East San Jose.

The identity of the woman was not released.

Responding officers spotted the pickup, but the driver refused to stop, Garcia said. The vehicle took the Tully onramp and led officers northbound on 101. Other San Jose officers, a police helicopter and the California Highway Patrol joined the chase after Moya, who, police say, drove at the 65 mph speed limit, accelerated to about 80 mph and then slowed down to 30 mph.

“We don’t know why,” Garcia said.

Moya then drove to Daly City and Colma, winding through residential areas, before getting on Interstate 380 and continuing southbound on Interstate 280, Garcia said.

At 12:11 a.m., the driver appeared to intentionally crash the pickup near the Woodside Road exit, police said. The man left the cab, pulled out the woman and held her at knifepoint for about a minute. Then he leaped over the guardrail and landed on the roadway of Woodside Road underneath, Garcia said.

After being transported to Stanford hospital, he was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping, false imprisonment, assault with a deadly weapon, child endangerment, evading officers and violation of parole.

The woman and infant were not hurt, police said.


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