General Crime

* Simon Vidal was arrested after leading officers on a high-speed chase through San Jose

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A man was arrested after leading officers on a high-speed chase through San Jose and onto southbound Interstate Highway 280 Thursday night, police said. The suspect, identified as Simon Vidal, a 39-year-old San Jose resident, was a parolee-at-large considered armed and dangerous by police. At about 11:35 p.m. Thursday, police officers spotted him as he was leaving a home in the 500 block of Southside Drive and getting into the driver’s seat of what is believed to be a stolen car, police said. As officers approached Vidal, he allegedly steered toward them and rammed the vehicle, which also contained two female passengers, into several police cars, according to police. An officer shot at Vidal’s car but missed Vidal and his passengers. Vidal led the officers on a high-speed pursuit through the city and then onto Highway 280, eventually slowing down on the freeway near McLaughlin Avenue, police said.  Vidal stopped the car and started running away, but a police dog apprehended him until officers were able to subdue him with a Taser stun gun, police said. Vidal was arrested and booked into Santa Clara County’s main jail for several offenses, including assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a stolen vehicle, evading a police officer, kidnapping, false imprisonment and
parole violation. He also was booked on a $20,000 misdemeanor warrant for narcotics violations, police said. The two passengers were questioned and released after police determined they were unwilling participants. They were not harmed during the pursuit, police said.    
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