The Blotter | Motorcycle accident leads to arrest

Unlicensed rider was out under parole

A motorcycle accident on the morning of May 12 led to the arrest of a man who was under postrelease community supervision (PRCS) for homicide in Alameda County.

Officers were dispatched to a report of a solo motorcycle crash on Moraga Avenue at 6 a.m., according to Piedmont Police Captain Chris Monahan. He said officers arrived on the scene and found a 50-year old man pushing a motorcycle down the road. The man, identified as Dana Harper, was checked for injuries by the officers. Then, a records check showed he was unlicensed, according to Captain Monahan. He said the suspect was also found to be under supervised release for a homicide. The 2016 SYN Wolf Classic motorcycle Harper was pushing was found to be stolen out of Oakland.

Captain Monahan said a search of Harper turned up suspected crystal methamphetamine. Harper was taken to Valley Care Medical Center and then taken to Santa Rita Jail in Dublin. He was booked for possession of stolen property, possession of methamphetamine and a parole violation.

A non-injury accident early on the morning of May 11 involving a stolen vehicle led to a police search for two suspects who are possibly juveniles. The accident was reported at 12:22 a.m. on Magnolia. The report said a Hyundai Elantra was traveling at a high rate of speed, lost control and crashed into a pole on the corner of El Cerrito and Magnolia avenues, according to Captain Monahan.

A witness said two young people (one male and one female) ran from the vehicle down El Cerrito according to the police log. The log also said a resident on San Carlos reported the two people in their backyard. The two were said to be traveling with a small dog. The suspects were not found and the vehicle, which had been reported stolen, was towed.

A man was arrested on the morning of May 15 after the vehicle he was in alerted the city’s Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR) system. The report came in at 4:14 a.m. at Linda and Kingston avenues. The vehicle was found on Grand Avenue and police conducted a traffic stop. The vehicle was wanted foran evasion of police incident in Emeryville, according to Captain Monahan.

The driver was detained and the vehicle search turned up 115 grams of suspected methamphetamine, a glass pipe and $600, according to Captain Monahan. The suspect was arrested and taken to Santa Rita Jail.

On May 16, a man was sitting hunched over on a bench on Grand Avenue around 8:20 p.m., according to the police log. Officers identified the man and a check revealed he had outstanding bench warrants out of Berkeley for indecent exposure, loitering and possession of paraphernalia, according to Captain Monahan.

At 11:29 p.m. on May 14, a stolen black 2010 Infiniti G37 failed to yield at the intersection of Bayo Vista and Oakland avenues, according to Captain Monahan. Shortly thereafter, officers found the vehicle unoccupied at the intersection of Olive and Oakland avenues. It had been involved in an accident with a parked vehicle, Captain Monahan said. The area was searched but the driver was not found. The vehicle was towed.

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