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April 2013 Archives

Salinas woman, companions booked on DUI and public intoxication

After a 22-year-old Salinas woman crashed her car into a plant box in the center median on Gabilan Street in Salinas, she was arrested for DUI, and her two friends were arrested for public intoxication. The impact with the planter was forceful: The engine reportedly flew out of the car and was destroyed. However, all three passengers received only minor injuries. Officers determined that the 22-year-old driver's blood alcohol content was three times the legal limit of .08 percent. In general, most drunk driving accidents and stops result only in the driver being arrested. However, the two passengers were reportedly so intoxicated that they were charged with public intoxication. The group was taken to a hospital and then booked at the Monterey County Jail.

Drugs and cash found after a traffic stop for cell phone use

A California Highway Patrol officer was watching for cell phone violators when he stopped a driver using his phone. The officer smelled marijuana in the car and a subsequent search found two pounds of marijuana and $15,000. The suspect was booked in the Marin County Jail and faces drug charges regarding selling and transporting marijuana for sale. However, it turns out the man is also facing other charges from 2007. It is alleged that the man and his brother were using their business, known as either The Compassionate Patient's Collective or The Compassionate Collective of Alameda County, as a cover for a large drug trafficking organization.

Man faces charges for marijuana cultivation operation

A 32-year-old man was arrested by Morgan Hill Police and charged with felony marijuana cultivation. The operation was discovered after a code enforcement officer noticed many changes to the electrical system in a commercial building that was housing the operation. The 32-year-old man had taken steps to avoid detection and subsequent drug charges by attempting to mask the odor and not using business permits for the irrigation and air filtration systems. Officers seized approximately 30 pounds of processed marijuana and 2,775 plants. In California, it is generally illegal to plant, harvest or prepare marijuana plants.

Man driving wrong way on I-280 arrested

Drivers spotted a car going the wrong way on California Interstate 280 on March 21 and alerted the highway patrol. A 60-year-old San Bruno man was arrested for alleged drunk driving a short time later. The man was traveling on Interstate 280 near Farm Hill Boulevard in Woodside. His car was going south in the northbound lanes. The highway patrol officer created a traffic break, used his vehicle to block the man's path. The car going the wrong direction came to a halt after lightly tapping bumpers with the patrol car. The driver was stopped earlier in March for another DUI charge. 

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