REDWOOD CITY -- A Mountain View man was arrested Wednesday night after he apparently ignored officers and drove onto a street sealed off for President Obama's motorcade. But police don't believe he was trying to harm the president.
Redwood City police were blocking off a portion of El Camino Real in preparation for the presidential motorcade coming through from an Atherton campaign stop when just before 9 p.m. a sedan went around a police car near Manzanita Street that was serving as part of the barricade, said Capt. Ed Hernandez.
The driver didn't yield to officers trying to cut him off, and drove the wrong way down the street until crashing into a curb and SamTrans sign in the 2600 block of El Camino Real, Hernandez said.
Officers arrested the driver, identified as 49-year-old Eddie Boyce, on suspicion of evading an officer, hit-and-run causing property damage, and driving the wrong way on a highway.
After questioning Boyce, it appears that he made poor driving decisions but did not have any aims for the presidential convoy, Hernandez said.
"At this point we don't believe he had ill intent toward the president," he said.
Hernandez said the dust-up did not impede the movement of the motorcade, which was several minutes away from reaching the area.
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