A man who escaped custody while handcuffed after being arrested in an unincorporated pocket of Redwood City suffered spinal injuries when he fell from a tree he'd managed to climb, sheriff's officials said today.
At about 11 p.m. Saturday, sheriff's deputies stopped two people for jaywalking at Middlefield Road and Charter Street in Redwood City, San Mateo County sheriff's Lt. Ray Lunny said.
One of the alleged jaywalkers, 18-year-old Ivan Garcia, was found to be on probation and in possession of brass knuckles, which is a felony, Lunny said.
Garcia was placed under arrest and transported to the North Fair Oaks substation. As deputies were leading him to the substation's door, Garcia broke free and ran away, still wearing the handcuffs, Lunny said.
The deputies chased Garcia to the area of Fourth Avenue and Park Road, where he climbed onto a carport roof and into a tree in the backyard of a home, according to Lunny. He had maneuvered his hands to the front of his body.
As the deputies approached him, Garcia fell out of the tree.
He fell about 10 feet and was transported to a hospital, where he remains in intensive care with possible spinal injuries, Lunny said. No other injuries were reported.