January 26, 2021

Santa Clara sheriff’s deputies use 2 armored vehicles to take speeding suspect into custody


An extended pursuit, followed by an hourslong standoff between Santa Clara County sheriff’s deputies and a suspect originally wanted for speeding, ended early Monday morning with officers pinning the man in his car with two armored vehicles, authorities said.

The encounter began, according to the Santa Clara County sheriff’s office, at about 1:50 a.m. Monday when an officer clocked Peter Rivera, a 45-year-old resident of San Jose, speeding over 90 mph on Highway 85 at De Anza Boulevard in Cupertino. When Rivera didn’t pull over, the sheriff’s office said, it began a 30-minute pursuit, which ended with them using spike strips to stop the vehicle.

That began an approximately two-and-a-half-hour standoff at Winchester Boulevard near Payne Avenue in San Jose, with Rivera acting “extremely agitated,” the sheriff’s office said. They said he refused to leave his car and had “some type of razor,” which he was threatening to use to hurt himself and fight with deputies.

After an unsuccessful attempt by hostage negotiators, sheriff’s deputies called in two Bearcat armored vehicles, which they used to trap Rivera’s car. At about 4:50 a.m., sheriff’s deputies eventually took him into custody “without incident,” they said.

The decision to deploy the armored vehicles was “due to the volatile and dangerous circumstances surrounding the incident and out of an abundance of caution for all involved,” the sheriff’s office said.

Rivera was taken to a local hospital with complaints of chest pains. Authorities said he would be booked into Main Jail upon his release.

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Author: Evan Webeck