Police Blotter: March 10, 2023
Wednesday, February 22
At 1:33 a.m. Claremont Police Department officers pulled over Pomona resident Ivan Diaz Toledo, 29, on Indian Hill Boulevard near American Avenue for an inoperable taillight. After questioning Toledo, officers say he appeared to be intoxicated and asked him to get out of the vehicle. Police say field sobriety tests confirmed Toledo was driving under the influence. He was arrested for misdemeanor DUI, transported to the Claremont jail where he was held for detoxification, and later released with a citation to appear at Pomona Superior Court.
A resident in the 200 block of Independence Drive returned home just after 8 p.m. to discover her home had been burglarized. Suspects broke into the home sometime between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. and ransacked the interior. The suspects also stole a car from the garage. Claremont police put out an alert for the stolen car, and several days later it was connected to a commercial burglary in a neighboring city. Those suspects were charged with grand theft auto and police are investigating whether the same suspects robbed the home on Independence.
Thursday, February 23
Claremont Colleges campus safety called Claremont police at 4:09 a.m. about a red Toyota on College Way near Sixth Street with two flat tires. Police located the driver, William Houy, 23, of Claremont standing near the car and said they smelled a strong odor of alcohol on him, and that he seemed intoxicated. Police conducted field sobriety tests, which they say confirmed that Houy was driving under the influence. He was arrested for misdemeanor DUI and transported to the Claremont jail, where he was booked, held for detoxification, and later released with a citation.
Saturday, February 25
At 12:21 a.m. police attempted to pull over Montclair resident Eddy Herrera Umanzo, 55, after he reportedly ran a red light on Foothill Boulevard at Mountain Avenue right in front of officers. Herrera Umanzo allegedly continued to travel eastbound on Foothill with officers in pursuit. He finally came to a stop at Foothill and Harvard Avenue. Officers then approached Herrera Umanzo and asked him to put the car in park and exit the vehicle. Police said they smelled a strong odor of alcohol. A records check showed Herrera Umanzo did not have a driver’s license. He then took field sobriety tests and was arrested for misdemeanor DUI, driving without a license, and evading police. He was taken to the CPD jail where he was held for detoxification and released with a citation to appear in court.
Sunday, February 26
Police received a call at 12:30 a.m. about a traffic collision on the eastbound onramp of the 10 Freeway at Indian Hill Boulevard. California Highway Patrol arrived at the scene first and told Claremont officers one driver was possibly under the influence. Police questioned the driver, Riverside resident Jerson Coronado Mauricio, 25, and said he appeared to be intoxicated. Through their investigation police said that Coronado Mauricio collided with another car while attempting to get on the freeway. No one in the other car was injured but Coronado Mauricio’s female passenger sustained significant injuries and was transported to an area hospital. Police said a field sobriety test confirmed he was driving under the influence, while a records check revealed that he was an unlicensed driver. Coronado Mauricio was arrested for felony DUI causing injury and misdemeanor driving without a license. He was then transported to CPD jail where he was booked, held for detoxification and released with a citation to appear in court.
At 2:20 a.m. while police were still investigating the DUI collision on the 10 Freeway onramp, a pedestrian alerted officers that somebody in a white Chevrolet truck was asleep at the wheel, blocking lanes a short distance away on Indian Hill Boulevard. When officers arrived they found 32-year-old Upland resident Gergorio Lopez, allegedly still snoozing in his truck in the middle of Indian Hill at Auto Center Drive. After waking Lopez, police said he showed signs of intoxication. Officers moved his car to the shoulder and performed field sobriety tests they say said showed Lopez was DUI. He was also an unlicensed driver and had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant. He was arrested for DUI, the warrant, and not having a driver’s license. He was subsequently taken to the CPD jail where he was booked, held for detoxification and later released with a citation to appear in court.
Wednesday, March 1
At 12:15 p.m. police responded to a hit-and-run traffic collision at Base Line Road and Indian Hill Boulevard. When police arrived, they questioned the driver of the car that had been hit and an independent witness, who both provided a description of the suspect’s vehicle. Following the collision, the witness apparently followed the suspect until he stopped in the 2100 block of north Forbes Avenue. Officers responded to the Forbes location and found Empry Young, 33, of Compton apparently asleep behind the wheel. After waking Young, officers alleged he seemed confused and showed signs of being under the influence of marijuana. The victim and witness were able to positively identify the car parked on Forbes as the same one that was involved in the hit-and-run. Young was given field sobriety tests, which police say showed he was DUI. He was arrested for misdemeanor DUI drugs and hit-and-run, and transported to the Pomona jail where he was booked, held for detoxification, and later released with a citation.
Thursday, March 2
A security firm called Claremont police at 12:55 a.m. to report that two people appeared to be stealing catalytic converters from cars parked at Claremont Toyota, 601 Auto Center Drive. Security was able to provide police with the suspects’ vehicle description, and when officers arrived they spotted a similar vehicle leaving the area. Police conducted a traffic stop and questioned the occupants, Corona resident Jaelyn Mills, 20, and Jayden Johnson, 19, from Riverside. Police reported seeing several catalytic converters and tools in the car. The pair were arrested for misdemeanor grand theft and receiving stolen property. They were transported to the Claremont jail, where they were booked and issued citations. They both posted bond and were due in court Tuesday, March 7.
Saturday, March 4
At 2:33 a.m. officers on patrol allegedly saw a person driving recklessly on Foothill Boulevard near Towne Avenue. The driver, later identified as Nicholas Leonard, 25, of Upland, then headed south on Towne, allegedly continuing to drive in a reckless manner. Officers attempted to pull Leonard over and were finally able to get him to stop at Towne and Arrow Highway. Police said Leonard appeared to be under the influence and open containers of alcohol were seen in his car. Leonard was asked to get out of the car and field sobriety tests allegedly confirmed he was DUI. He was arrested for misdemeanor reckless driving and DUI, transported to the CPD jail where he was held for detoxification, and later released with a citation to appear in court.