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Fourth of July DUI enforcement

 

This Fourth of July, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over'

Salinas, CA – The Fourth of July is one of America's favorite holidays, and why not? Families and friends gather to celebrate our country with food, parades, parties, picnics and fireworks. And yet there is a very dark side to this great holiday. For many, the celebration includes alcohol, but the holiday quickly goes from festive to fatal when people choose to drive after drinking.

From 2009-2013, nearly 40 percent of ALL traffic fatalities over the Fourth of July period occurred in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes. Of the five major holiday periods of the year in California, the Fourth of July ranks as having the highest daily fatality rate. Over the Fourth of July holiday period in 2013 alone (6 p.m. July 3rd to 5:59 a.m. July 8th), there were 199 people killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes on our nation's roads, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In California, 28 individuals were killed in Alcohol Involved crashes.

To crack down on drunk driving this Fourth of July, the Avoid the 20 DUI task force will be out in full force, aggressively targeting those who put lives in danger.

• Numerous DUI Saturation patrols will deploy from Thursday through Sunday in several cities in both Monterey and San Benito Counties.

• A DUI Checkpoint is planned in the City of Salinas at an undisclosed location within the city beginning at 6 PM until 1 AM on July 2nd. A DUI Checkpoint is planned in the City of Greenfield at an undisclosed location within the City beginning at 6PM until 1PM on July 3rd.

• CHP officers will deploy a Maximum Enforcement Period during the 3 day weekend with all available officers patrolling freeways and county roads

NHTSA data shows that 10,076 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes in the United States in 2013—representing almost a third of all crash fatalities. By comparison, during the July Fourth period that year, 39 percent of all crash fatalities involved alcohol-impaired drivers. The rate of high-BAC impaired driving is astounding. In fatal crashes during the July Fourth period in 2013, more than one-fifth (21%) of involved drivers or motorcycle operators had BACs of .15 or higher—almost twice the legal limit. NHTSA data also reveals that 35 percent of young drivers (18 to 34 years old) were driving drunk (BAC of .08 or higher) in fatal crashes over the July Fourth period in 2013. Motorcycle operators are also overrepresented as the highest percentage of alcohol-impaired drivers in fatal crashes. In 2013, more than one-quarter (27%) of motorcycle operators in fatal crashes had BACs of .08 or higher.

Drunk drivers are more common at night, too. Over the July 4th holiday in 2013, more than two fifths (42%) of the drivers in nighttime fatal crashes (6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.) were alcohol-impaired, as compared to 13 percent of drivers in fatal crashes during the day.

If you're caught driving drunk or drug impaired, you will be arrested. Aside from putting your life and the lives of others at risk, driving impaired can also lead to serious consequences. A DUI arrest can mean time in jail, loss of your license, and steep financial expenses; the average DUI costs about $10,000. Law enforcement region-wide is asking for everyone's support this holiday weekend and all summer long:

• Plan a safe way home before the fun begins.

• Before drinking, designate a sober driver.

• DDVIP: The California Office of Traffic Safety DDVIP mobile app is now available for free download on iOS and Android devices. Launched last year the new DDVIP app offers enhanced features, allowing users to 'Map a Spot” with their current location to find DDVIP partnering establishments in their area or a 'List of Spots” to search all participating bars and restaurants throughout California. Users can stay up-to-date with the latest from DDVIP and see what other users are saying via its social tab. Also through the app, for those who want to imbibe but also make it a point to plan ahead, users can easily order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft or Curb – all from one screen.

• DRUGS, MEDICATION & ALCOHOL= CRASHES: Recent statistics reveal that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol. • If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don't hesitate 'Report Drunk Drivers! Call 911!”

• If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take your friend's keys and help your friend make other arrangements to get to where he or she is going safely.

Funding for the Avoid the 20 DUI Campaign is by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Avoid DUI Task Force will deploy checkpoints and DUI patrols next during the 18 day August/Labor Day DUI Mobilization.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 6/28/2015 11:11 PM

Incident: Attempted Murder - Shooting

Report #: 15-061479

Date: Sunday, 6/28/2015

Time: 8:31 PM

Location: Under 100 block of Kentucky St.

A 34 year old male was riding his bicycle in the under 100 block of Kentuckuy St. when someone from a passing vehicle fired several shots at him.  The victim was struck once on the leg and was transported to a local hospital for treatment to his injuries, which were not life-threatening.  The vehicle was described as a gray Nissan Altima with tinted windows. This incident is considered to be gang-related.

 

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 6/28/2015 11:03 PM

Incident: Attempted Murder - Shooting

Report #: 15-061466

Date: Sunday, 6/28/2015

Time: 6:48 PM

Location: E. Market St. & First Ave.

A 42 year old male was drving in the area of E. Market St. and First Ave. when he was approached by a vehicle with four occupants wearing hoodies. One of the passengers leaned out the window and fired a gun several times at the victim, striking him once on the arm. He drove himself to a local hospital for treatment to his non life-threatening injuries.  The suspect vehicle was described as a gray or blue Nissan Altima.  There is no further information on the suspects or vehicle at this time.  The shooting is being investigated as gang-related.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Salinas PAL Junior Giants Opening Day

Release Date/Time: 6/26/2015 5:18 PM

Incident:Salinas PAL Junior Giants Opening Day

Date: Friday, 6/26/2015

Time: 5:18 PM

Location:El Dorado Park (1640 El Dorado Drive)

Release Authorized by:Officer Angel Gonzalez

Telephone:831-970-7874

(Salinas, CA – June 27) The Salinas Police Activities League announced that they will be holding their opening day celebration for the 22nd season of Junior Giants Baseball on Saturday June 27th

 

Supporting the PAL organization, Mayor Joe Gunter and Police Chief Kelly McMillin will participate in the first pitch faceoff slated for 9:00 am. (Media photo-op available) Come see who is the best pitcher as they simultaneously throw out the honorary first pitch. 

This year, over 1000 participants are signed to play ball. The ages of the league range from 5-18 years old.  This is the 3rd year in a row that the league has increased their participation.  Players and their families are to be in attendance of the opening day celebration that is to take place at El Dorado Park.  'We are extremely thankful for the major donation made by Mann Packing of Salinas. "Their generosity and support of this program is fantastic! They have again provided new baseball gloves for distribution to the children in the program”, said Salinas Police Officer and Executive Director of PAL Officer Angel Gonzalez. 

 

'Salinas PAL Junior Giants Opening Day” - El Dorado Park

1655 El Dorado Avenue

Saturday June 27, 2015, 9:00am

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 6/20/2015 12:38 AM
Incident: Homicide
Report #: 15-061013
Date: Friday, 6/19/2015
Time: 9:47 PM
Location: 646 Williams Rd.

Officers were dispatched to the taqueria for a fight and victim of a stabbing. They found Antonio Gonzalez-Alejo (43) with multiple stab wounds to the chest and abdomen. Gonzalez-Alejo was transported to NMC where he was pronounced deceased. Gonzalez-Alejo was at the taqueria with Geronimo Hernandez for karoke night. They got into an argument that became physical when they went outside.  Witnesses said that during the fight, Hernandez pulled a knife and stabbed Gonzalez-Alejo several times then fled. Numerous witnesses identified Hernandez as the suspect. Hernendez fled to a nearby house. There, friends convinced Hernandez to turn himself in. The police were called and Hernandez was taken into custody without incident.

Release Authorized by: Sergeant Jeff Gibson
Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Armed Robbery Arrest

Release Date/Time: 6/17/2015 4:05 PM
Incident: Armed Robbery Arrest
Report #: 15-060883
Date: Wednesday, 6/17/2015
Time: 5:42 AM
Location: 11 Clark Street - Quik Stop Market

An employee at the Quik Stop called to report that an armed robbery had just occurred at the business.  The suspect was described as an unknown race male, wearing black colored clothing carrying a chrome colored handgun.  He was last seen running southbound from the business.  Officers arrived in the area and located a subject, later identified as Paul Becker, 26, matching the description in the 0-100 block of Clark Street.  Upon seeing the police Becker ran and jumped several fences.  Officers eventually located Becker in the yard of a nearby business.  He had sustained multiple lacerations after being cut by razor wire on the top of a fence of the business.  He was treated and later released from the hospital.  The stolen money was recovered.  The handgun and clothing were not located.  Becker was booked into the Monterey County Jail for armed robbery.

Release Authorized by: Commander Dave Crabill
Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Special Olympics Torch Run

On June 16, 2015 at 10 am, the Salinas Police Department along with members of Monterey County Probation, Parole, District Attorney's Office, CTF-Soledad and CHP Officers will participate in the annual Special Olympics Torch Run.  Our mission is to increase awareness and raise funds for the Special Olympics movement.  The Salinas Police Department and local partnering law enforcement agencies will carry the torch from City Hall (200 Lincoln Avenue) throughout Old Town and finish in front of Gino's Restaurant (54 Monterey/Salinas Highway.)  The torch will then make its way through the Monterey Peninsula as it is carried by the Monterey County Sheriffs Department, California Highway Patrol, Seaside Police Department, C.S.U.M.B. Police Department and Marina Police Departments.

Armed Robbery Suspect Kelly Grimm (39) arrested

Release Date/Time: 6/15/2015 11:39 AM

Incident: Armed Robbery Suspect Kelly Grimm (39)**Arrested**

Date: Monday, 6/15/2015

Time: 11:39 AM

Location: Cleveland Ave,  City of Salinas

On June 10, 2015 Salinas Police Detectives along with our partners from the US Marshalls Service and the Monterey County Narcotics/Gang Task force were able to locate and arrest Kelly Grimm (39) for his involvement in several armed robberies in the City of Salinas.  Grimm was located at a residence on Cleveland Ave. in the City of Salinas where he surrendered without incident.  Grimm is suspected of committing up to 7 armed robberies in Salinas of retail establishments where he  brandished a handgun and took money.  Grimm is also suspected of other armed robberies in nearby counties.  Grimm was booked at Monterey County Jail and the investigation(s) have been forwarded to the Monterey County District Attorney's Office for prosecution.

See below media links for previous reports on this case:

http://www.kionrightnow.com/news/local-news/police-kelly-grimm-robbed-4-salinas-businesses/33348436

http://www.kionrightnow.com/news/local-news/man-allegedly-connected-to-multiple-robberies-in-salinas-identified/33313212

http://pasoroblesdailynews.com/police-conduct-search-for-shoe-store-robbery-suspect/33506/

Release Authorized by: Commander Vincent Maiorana

Telephone: 831-758-7350

Attempted murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 6/14/2015 10:15 AM

Incident: Attempted murder - Shooting

Date: Saturday, 6/13/2015

Time: 7:26 PM

Location: 200 block of W. Curtis St.

Officers were dispatched to a report of a shooting in the 200 block of W. Curtis St. Dispatch updated the information that there were two victims down inside the residence.  Officers found a 26 year old male and 20 year old female victim in the residence suffering from gunshots to the arms and legs.  Both were transported to NMC with non-life threatening wounds. The investigation revealed that the victims were leaning up against a fence in the front yard and fled into the residence upon being shot at.  A newer, white Ford Fusion, stopped in the street  west of the location and  the suspect exited the vehicle and began firing at the victims before returning to the vehicle.  The vehicle was last seen eastbound W. Curtis.   It is unknown at this time if there is any gang affliations related to this case.  Investigation continues.

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 6/14/2015 9:55 AM

Incident: Attempted Murder - Shooting

Date: Sunday, 6/14/2015

Time: 4:45 AM

Location: Maryal Dr. & Elwood St.

Two brothers, ages 20 and 24, were sitting at the stoplight on W. Laurel at N. Main waiting to go E/B onto E. Laurel. A Hispanic male adult in a maroon 4-door SUV pulled up next to the brothers then pulled in behind them when the light turned green and began following them. The victims pulled into a nearby parking lot for a brief moment before once again driving off. They again noticed the suspect was behind them.  As they neared the intersection of Elwood and Maryal, the fired several shots at the brothers' vehicle. The suspect fled S/B on Maryal. The victim vehicle was struck 3 times, but neither victim was hit. The victims denied any gang affiliation and denied any knowledge of why they would be targeted.   The suspect was described as HMA, 20 yrs with a thin build, and short brown hair. It is unknown at this time if this case is gang related.

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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