The Blotter | Man tries to flee from stolen vehicle after crashes

Arrested trying to board AC Transit bus

A man was arrested attempting to board an AC Transit bus after he allegedly hit four vehicles in a stolen silver 2020 Hyundai Elantra.

At approximately 4:40 p.m. on Dec. 12 a stolen vehicle entered Piedmont at Moraga Avenue and officers were alerted, according to Piedmont Police Capt. Chris Monahan. He said officers spotted the vehicle at Highland Avenue and the driver attempted to flee, hitting four vehicles on Moraga. The driver exited the vehicle, fled on foot on Moraga and then attempted to board the bus, according to Monahan. He said witnesses called the police department and officers were able to arrest the suspect while he was trying to board the bus.

The individual was taken to Santa Rita Jail in Dublin and was charged with auto theft, failing to stop, hit and run, and resisting arrest.

Early in the morning of Dec. 9, a man was taken into custody for DUI. He was contacted for a vehicle security check at the Safeway on Grand Avenue at 12:52 a.m. Monahan said that during his interview the man admitted to driving his Toyota RAV4 and crashing into a nearby curb. His wife and daughter were in the vehicle. The driver was taken to Santa Rita Jail and booked for DUI and child endangerment. His wife and daughter were sent home in a Lyft, according to the crime log. The vehicle was towed.

Later on Dec. 9, a black Lexus RX350 was involved in a single-vehicle collision at Grand Avenue and Cambridge Way. The incident happened at 9:33 p.m. Officers arrived and interviewed the driver, who had “an uneasy gait, difficulty balancing when standing, bloodshot watery eyes, slurred speech” and the smell of alcohol on her breath and person, according to Monahan. He said the driver told officers she had been drinking. The female driver failed field sobriety tests, according to Monahan, and refused to take a breath test. She was arrested for DUI and eventually taken to Santa Rita Jail.

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