Police blotter 3-6-15

Sunday, February 22

A pair of La Verne residents ended up in police custody after exhibiting signs of alcohol intoxication. According to Lieutenant Mike Ciszek, Shawn Breceda was driving on Foothill Boulevard near Regis Avenue around 1 a.m. when officers pulled her over for failing to turn on her vehicle’s headlights. Police made contact with the 30-year-old driver and requested the vehicle’s registration. Ms. Breceda reached into her glove box and retrieved a rabies vaccination application and presented it to officers. All the while, her passenger Richard Belmontez had been asleep in the seat next to her with vomit on his shirt and in his lap. Police woke the 34-year-old man, who again began to throw up on himself. Both Ms. Breceda and Mr. Belmontez were taken into police custody, she for driving under the influence and he for public intoxication.


Monday, February 23

A driver whose airbag deployed for a reason unknown to him was arrested for drunk driving. Officers responded to Foothill Boulevard near College Avenue around 12:15 a.m. following a traffic collision heard in the area. Police located Clayton Upton sitting in his Lincoln MKX parked along the south curb on Route 66, with damage to the front of his vehicle and no idea how it got there. The 40-year-old driver told police the dashboard light came on so he’d driven to the curb.

When officers asked the man what had happened, he didn’t think he’d hit anything despite the fact that the airbag in his vehicle had deployed. Police determined during their investigation that the La Verne resident had been driving drunk on Foothill when he drifted left onto the raised concrete median and collided with two metal road signs, breaking them off and destroying them. Mr. Upton was arrested for driving under the influence.


Another drunk driver crashed on a Claremont roadway. Police were called to Arrow Highway and Indian Hill Boulevard after Pomona resident Elizabeth Avrigean collided with a center median at around 6:30 p.m. Officers approached the 47-year-old driver who, according to police, had her sweater and skirt soaked in a large amount of vomit. Ms. Avrigean told police she’d drank wine and took prescription meds prior to driving and had become nauseous, thus vomiting on herself. She was arrested for DUI.


A teenager got busted for driving his mom’s car in the Village without her permission. Officers spotted the blue Toyota Camry traveling east on First Street near Indian Hill and pulled over the driver for failing to turn on his vehicle’s headlights. The young man was very forthcoming, telling officers he was 15 years old, didn’t have a driver’s license and had taken his mother’s car without permission. He was arrested, taken to the Claremont police station and issued a citation for the offense. The underage driver was released to the custody of his mother. His juvenile passenger was taken home by police and released to his father.


Wednesday, February 25

A burglar set off the alarm at a Claremont residence, but the homeowner thought it was a false alarm and called off police. The thief entered the home on the 3000 block of Vinceness Court between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. by shattering the glass and unlocking the front door. Once inside the residence, the burglar stole cases of wine, speakers throughout the house, watches, an Apple desktop computer and MacBook Pro, $700 cash and two handguns valued at $1,500 from a lockbox in the homeowner’s nightstand before fleeing the scene. The victim told police that at approximately 11:45 a.m. he received a phone call from the alarm company advising him that they’d received an alert from a door at the residence. The victim said he’d responded to his residence from work and advised the caller not to contact the police, believing the activation was a false alarm. It wasn’t.


Thursday, February 26

Claremont police hit the jackpot after arresting eight people for crimes relating to prostitution. Officers responded to the Motel 6 located at 840 S. Indian Hill Blvd. amid concerns of prostitution in the area. Between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m., four males aged 20-38 and four females aged 20-28, all from cities outside of Claremont, were taken into custody. The arrestees were booked at Claremont jail for prostitution and/or soliciting a prostitute.


Friday, February 27

Two middle-aged men took Claremont police on a pursuit when the officers tried to stop them for reckless driving. According to Lt. Ciszek, officers witnessed a red Chevy Suburban driving recklessly near Indian Hill Boulevard and the 10 Freeway around 1:30 a.m. and attempted to pull the vehicle over. Driver Richard Perez failed to yield and a pursuit ensued through the cities of Claremont, Pomona, Montclair and Chino.

During the course of the pursuit, the 45-year-old Chino resident pulled to the curb and yielded momentarily, drove around in a circle and slammed on the brakes, attempting to collide with the officers’ patrol vehicle. The duo eventually pulled over in Chino where they were arrested without further incident and booked at Claremont jail.

Mr. Perez was arrested for driving on a suspended license, DUI, evading a police officer, wrong-way driving and assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer. His passenger, 47-year-old Pomona resident Danny Delcampo, was booked for public intoxication and held for detox only.

—Angela Bailey


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