Palo Alto Police Arrest San Jose Man after He Tries to Ram Police Car

Police in Palo Alto last week arrested a man who allegedly tried to drive his vehicle into an occupied police cruiser.

Ismael Hernandez Rodriguez, 28, of San Jose, was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest and driving under the influence of alcohol, according to the Palo Alto Police Department.

On Sept. 22 at 3:59 p.m., an officer on patrol was driving in the 1400 block of El Camino Real when another vehicle pulled up next to the police cruiser, and the driver started shouting obscenities at the officer.

Police said the driver, later identified as Rodriguez, then pulled in front of the police vehicle, got out of the stopped car in the roadway, challenged the officer and continued to shout obscenities.

Police reported there had been no prior contact between the officer and Rodriguez.

Additional officers arrived at the scene, but after a few minutes of trying to de-escalate the situation, the officers left the scene since the suspect was intent on provoking a confrontation.

The officers met up in a nearby parking lot to debrief the incident.

Rodriguez then got back into his vehicle and pulled behind another officer stopped at a red light and continued to shout obscenities and make gestures out of his window, police said.

When the officer made a U-turn and headed north on El Camino Real, Rodriguez followed, pulled up in the adjacent lane and swerved directly into the officer's lane.

The officer made an evasive maneuver to avoid being struck by the vehicle, police said.

Officers pulled the vehicle over, and attempted to take Rodriguez into custody, but he physically resisted as he was being arrested.

Four officers ended up suffering minor scrapes and cuts during the arrest.

During the ensuing investigation, police determined Rodriguez had been driving under the influence.




  1. LOL Paul has nothing else to do while he sucks the govt teet waiting for his money to show up in the mailbox. Surely a proud card carrying member of the PFN club! Joe and Kam got your back Pauly.

  2. Really can’t tell if that first comment is from a low information flunky or if it is just a lame ‘swatting’ -like attempt to a small, local audience to get back at a rival.

    In any event he is in the Minority of Opinion on Policing according the the Aug20 Gallup Center on Black Voices Poll.

    “When asked whether they want the police to spend more time, the same amount of time or less time than they currently do in their area, most Black Americans – 61% – want the police presence to remain the same.
    This is similar to the 67% of all U.S. adults preferring the status quo,
    including 71% of White Americans.

    Meanwhile, 20% of Black Americans say they would like the police to Spend More Time in their area…

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