SAN JOSE — A man rammed through the security gate at the Main Jail early Sunday morning and drove into a lower-level parking structure but was quickly arrested, the Sheriff’s Office said.
At about 4:16 a.m. Sunday, deputies responded to the Main Jail for a report of a tan-colored SUV that rammed through the east security gate and drove into the lower-level parking structure.
Officers from the Santa Clara Police Department and Campbell Police Department, who were at the jail booking their own arrestees into custody, quickly detained the suspect. The sheriff’s office later identified him as 51-year-old Modesto Esquivel.
Officials said the collision caused significant damage to the security gate, but no one was injured. Esquivel was booked into the Main Jail on suspicion of felony vandalism and battery on a peace officer.
The incident over the weekend came just days after a handcuffed suspect managed to break into the trunk of a patrol car, get a San Jose police officer’s gun and engage authorities in a standoff lasting several hours Wednesday morning at the jail.
Sheriff’s deputies are continuing to investigate the incident and are asking anyone with information to contact the Sheriff’s Office Investigations division main line at 408-808-4500. You can also use the anonymous tip line at 408-807-4431.