MORGAN HILL -- A wanted parolee made a bold bid to escape pursuing officers around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday by running across six lanes of Highway 101 and scaling a 12-foot sound wall into an adjoining neighborhood, where he disappeared.

According to Morgan Hill police Sgt. Carson Thomas, officers were investigating an unrelated matter at the Executive Inn motel on Condit Road when they saw Gerardo Betancourt, 37, who has been wanted for parole violations for about a year.

"They were coming out of a unit on the second floor, and one looked down at the parking lot and there he was," Thomas said.

Betancourt got into a car and led police on a brief slow-speed chase, eventually getting on Highway 101. He then pulled over to the shoulder and rushed across the lanes, hurdling over the median and climbing over the sound wall.

"That's someone who really wants to get away," Thomas said. "For someone to run across six lanes of traffic, that's taking his life in his own hands."

Thomas said officers could not locate Betancourt in the residential area north of Tennant Avenue and he remains at large.

Based on previous violations, he is believed to be armed and dangerous. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call Morgan Hill police Detective Jason Broyer at 408-779-2101 or the anonymous tip line at 408-947-7867.

Contact Eric Kurhi at 408-920-5852. Follow him at Twitter.com/erickurhi.