The Blotter | DUI arrest and vehicle search yields loaded firearm

Car was observed speeding without headlights on

A man was found with a loaded firearm early on the morning of March 29 when he was arrested for suspected DUI in Piedmont.

The vehicle was seen speeding and without its headlights on at 3:03 a.m. on Grand at Wildwood avenues. The vehicle, a 2023 Dodge Charger, was stopped by Piedmont Police, which said the driver showed signs of being under the influence of alcohol. A search found a loaded Glock in the glove compartment, according to the police log. Police arrested Justin Callin and took him to Santa Rita Jail in Dublin on suspicion of DUI and concealed carry inside a vehicle.

PPD’s Facebook post on the incident:

The vehicle was left legally parked on Grand Avenue.

On March 24, a fire at a port-a-potty on Monticello and Arroyo avenues led to a report of a stolen Razor scooter on Arroyo Avenue. At 7:08 p.m. officers were given a description of a suspect in the scooter theft, according to the police log. A Piedmont police officer then located a suspect who matched the description, according to Piedmont Police Capt. Chris Monahan. He added that the suspect refused to give identification. A search produced a butane lighter, a glass pipe “with residue,” and toilet paper “consistent with the paper on site at the port-a-potty fire,” Monahan said.

The suspect was arrested for arson, theft, drug possession, possession of stolen property, and probation violations. He was taken to Santa Rita Jail.

After he was identified, he was found to have been on probation for a prior case in Piedmont, according to Monahan.

At 10:45 p.m. on March 23, a woman was arrested on suspected DUI after being seen driving at a slow speed and on a median on Mountain Boulevard in Oakland. The driver was pulled over and, according to Monahan, exhibited signs of being under the influence. After the driver failed a field sobriety test, she was arrested and taken to Santa Rita Jail where she took a chemical test and, according to Monahan, was found to have a blood alcohol content of 0.18 percent.

On March 24, an unknown suspect took approximately $500 worth of gardening tools from a silver Toyota Tacoma truck parked on St. James Place. The crime allegedly took place some time between 8:30 a.m. and 11:25 a.m.

On March 26, two unidentified suspects allegedly broke into a residence on Ramona Avenue around 2:36 p.m. The suspects caused about $500 worth of damage at the home and took an undetermined amount of property, according to Monahan. Residents were out of time at the time of the incident.

On March 22, an unidentified suspect broke into a 2011 Ford F-150 parked on Grand Avenue. The suspect broke in through the driver’s side window and took a backpack containing clothing worth about $30, according to Monahan. A witness captured the incident, which showed a suspect vehicle: a white 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe with a paper license plate.

Monahan described the suspect as an Hispanic adult male in his mid 20s, approximately 5-foot-10 tall and weighing about 200 pounds. He was described as wearing a camouflage hat with a white shirt over his face, a black shirt, and black pants. The investigation is ongoing.

On March 27, the city’s Automated License Plate Reader system recorded three hits on a stolen black 2009 Hyundai Sonata beginning at 4:32 a.m. A police officer observed the vehicle collide with a parked car at a high rate of speed and flee toward Beaumont Avenue in Oakland, according to Monahan. The officer followed the vehicle to the I-580 on-ramp. The officer reported they were not pursuing the stolen vehicle when the accident occurred, according to Monahan. The owner of the parked vehicle, a Volkswagen sedan, was contacted.

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