The Blotter | Carjacking suspect arrested in Piedmont

Stolen vehicle returned to owner

A suspect in a San Francisco carjacking was apprehended in Piedmont after the stolen vehicle set off the Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR).

The white 1999 Toyota Corolla was spotted by the ALPR system at the intersection of Wildwood and Grand avenues at 7:45 p.m. on June 13. The vehicle was located by officers on Pleasant Valley Avenue and stopped. The driver was taken into custody without incident and booked at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin according to Piedmont Police Capt. Chris Monahan. The vehicle was returned to its registered owner.

An accident early in the morning of June 12 led to two arrests for DUI and an additional charge of hit and run. The accident was reported at 1 a.m. near the intersection of Mesa and Moraga avenues. When police arrived, witnesses stated the the driver and the front seat passenger in the vehicle switched places and the car drove off. Police found the vehicle, a tan SUV, during a canvas of the area. Four people were found inside.

According to Monahan, it was determined that two people were the drivers and the other two passengers were given courtesy rides to Fruitvale Avenue and Foothill Avenues. The two drivers were given blood tests and then transported to Santa Rita Jail. The first driver was charged with DUI and hit and run and the second driver was charged with DUI.

On June 10, a Piedmont Police officer on patrol near Harvard Road and Lakeshore Avenue heard a male voice screaming profanities. The officer observed a male adult walking on Lakeshore “swearing profusely” and yelling at pedestrians on the other side of the street, according to Monahan.

The officer stopped the man and believed him to be under the influence of drugs and alcohol. The individual also had warrants for narcotic-related violations, according to Monahan. The man was booked into jail on the warrants.

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