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20001(a)VC

Release Date/Time: 12/26/2014 4:23 PM

Incident: 20001(a)VC

Report #: 14-121400

Date: Friday, 12/26/2014

Time: 12:22 PM

Location: E. Lake / Soledad st

A white Ford Explorer drove n/b on the under 100 block of Soledad St. and parked about mid-block. The driver got out and spoke to a man on the sidewalk for a few minutes. He  reentered the car and left n/b at a high rate of speed. He made a wide right turn as he continued to accelerate onto E. Lake St. The suspect skidded out of control and went up onto the sidewalk narrowly missing the Copacabana building. A 54-year-old male was sitting on a chair next to the building visiting with two friends. The Explorer struck the man and pinned him between the Explorer and a metal fence post. Without even backing the SUV away from the victim, the suspect fled on foot e/b on E. Lake St.  Several people were in the area and pushed the vehicle back away from the victim before providing aid and calling 911. The victim was transported to Natividad Medical Center where he was immediately taken to surgery. He is in very critical condition. The Salinas Policde Department Traffic Unit was called in to investigate. Some of the witnesses came forward and the Department is currently working several leads to identify the suspect.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7975

Retirement of Officer Wayne Vance

After 34 years in law enforcement, 28 of those years at the Salinas Police Department, Officer Wayne Vance is retiring.  A final briefing ceremony will be held in the Salinas City Hall Rotunda on Monday, December 29th at 7:30 am.  The media and public are invited to attend.

Avoid the 20 DUI campaign update

Release Date/Time: 12/23/2014 4:01 PM

Incident: Avoid the 20 DUI campaign update

Report #: N/A

Date: Tuesday, 12/23/2014

Time: 4:09 PM

Location: Monterey and San Benito Counties

The Winter Holiday Anti-DUI crackdown has resulted in a significant number of DUI arrests from local routine traffic enforcement and special Avoid the 20 DUI deployments overnight in Monterey and San Benito Counties.

From 12:01 AM Friday December 12, 2014 through Midnight Sunday December 21, 2014 officers representing 20 county law enforcement agencies have arrested 46 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This is significantly down from the 70 DUI arrests occurring during the same ten (10) day time period last year. 'I am extremely pleased with the reduction in DUI driving this holiday period,” said Salinas PD Sergeant Gerry Ross. 'I'm praying it continues throughout the holidays.”

Fortunately there has been no traffic deaths related to drunk or drugged driving.

Extra DUI Saturation Patrols will be deployed in most of the cities belonging to the Avoid the 20 coalition. The CHP is deploying all available officers for their Maximum Enforcement Period this 2 Day Christmas Holiday Campaign 6:00 PM December 24th through midnight December 25th. All regularly scheduled traffic and patrol officers will focus efforts at stopping and arresting DUI drivers during their normal shifts. DUI/Driver's License Checkpoints, Multi Agency DUI Task Force operations and local Roving DUI patrols are all part of this region-wide crackdown during the 21 day Winter Holiday Campaign. Sergeant Ross advised, 'If you've been drinking and you're thinking about driving, don't do it. With all this extra enforcement you are likely to get arrested.”

Police, Sheriff and the CHP encourage all motorists to help make your community safer: Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911! Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. DUI arrest data collection will continue through New Year's Thursday, January 1, 2015.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

DUI / Driver's License Checkpoint

Release Date/Time: 12/19/2014 12:04 AM

Incident: DUI / Driver's License Checkpoint

Report #: N/A

Date: Thursday, 12/18/2014

Time: 6:00 PM

Location: North Main Street / Harden Parkway

Fifteen officers conducted a DUI / Driver's License checkpoint for about 5 hours at the above location. 1267 cars passed through the checkpoint and officers contacted 670 drivers. Officers conducted field sobriety tests on 5 drivers and arrested one driver for driving under the influence of drugs. There was one other arrest and two drivers were arrested for outstanding warrants. Twenty four drivers were cited for driving unlicensed and two others were cited for driving on a suspended license. Officers around the checkpoint made 34 traffic stops and cited 11 drivers for hazardous violations.

Sergeant Gerry Ross said that the checkpoint is aimed at deterring drunk drivers and educating the public to the dangers of drunk and drugged driving. "The checkpoint was seen not only by the 1267 cars that went through the checkpoint but thousands of other drivers and passengers that passed by," said Sergeant Gerry Ross. "Hopefully these people will remember the checkpoint next time they drink and consider getting behind the wheel."

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to The Salinas Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1'.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Court Sting Operation

Release Date/Time: 12/16/2014 2:59 PM

Incident: Court Sting Operation

Report #: N/A

Date: Tuesday, 12/16/2014

Time: 2:58 PM

Location: 240 Church Street

On today's date between 0800 and 1200 hours, officers conducted a court sting at the Monterey County Courthouse. Officers researched the court calendar ahead of time and found which defendants would be arraigned on charges related to Driving Under the Influence. Officers ran the driver's status on these defendants and found which of them were prohibited from driving. Officers went undercover in the courtrooms and viewed the arraignments. They followed suspended and unlicensed drivers out to their cars. If the defendant got in the car and drove away, the undercover officers would call in the traffic unit to enforce the violations. Two drivers were cited for being suspended or unlicensed. Both drivers had their cars impounded for 30 days.

The under cover officers followed over a dozen other suspended drivers out of the court room but these people made the intelligent decision to walk home or have someone else drive them. The traffic unit conducted a court sting operation at this time last year and seven drivers were cited. "I hope that this reduction shows that the word is getting out and suspended drivers are learning that they better not drive," said Sergeant Gerry Ross. "I was pleasantly surprised that so many people made the right decision not to drive."

Funding for this court sting operation was provided to The Salinas Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1'

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Planned DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint

Release Date/Time: 12/15/2014 3:54 PM

Incident: Planned DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint

Report #: N/A

Date: Monday, 12/15/2014

Time: 3:53 PM

Location: Undisclosed

DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint Planned for December 18th. Salinas Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on December 18th, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely. In California, this deadly crime led to 802 deaths and nearly 24,000 serious injuries in 2012 because someone failed to designate a sober driver. Nationally, the latest data shows nearly 10,000 were killed by an impaired driver. 'Every year in Monterey and San Benito Counties we have several tragic deaths attributed to intoxicated drivers,” said Sergeant Gerry Ross. 'Several hundred more are injured every year. These are senseless tragedies that can easily be avoided.” Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment with officers checking drivers for proper licensing delaying motorists only momentarily. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes. Drugs which may impair driving not only include illegal narcotics, but many prescription drugs, marijuana, and even some over-the-counter medications. DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out. Funding for this checkpoint is provided to The Salinas Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1'.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

664-187 PC - Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 12/15/2014 1:54 AM

Incident: 664-187 PC - Attempted Murder

Report #: 14-120792

Date: Sunday, 12/14/2014

Time: 11:29 PM

Location: 45 S. Sanborn Rd.

Officers responded to a call of shots fired near the Little Cesar's restaurant at 45 S. Sanborn Rd. The reporting party stated that two groups of Hispanic males were yelling at each other, after which they began shooting at each other. Both parties fled the scene in vehicles prior to police arrival. Several shell casings were located in the parking lot. Shortly after, Eduardo Rios (19) was dropped off at Natividad Medical Center with grazing gunshot wounds to his forehead and lower back. Rios was uncooperative with investigating officers and refused to give a statement. Later, at approximately 0025 hrs, Off. K. Ellsworth located the vehicle that had taken Rios to the hospital. it was occupied by Julian Fernandez (24). Fernandez had a warrant for his arrest, and was also uncooperative and refused to provide a statement regarding the shooting incident. The vehicle had gunshot damage. Fernandez was lodged for his outstanding warrant.

Release Authorized by: Jeffrey Ramsden

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

246 PC - Shooting into occupied vehicle

Release Date/Time: 12/15/2014 1:42 AM

Incident: 246 PC - Shooting into occupied vehicle

Report #: 14-120793

Date: Sunday, 12/14/2014

Time: 11:30 PM

Location: N. Sanborn Rd. / Freedon Pkwy

The victim (19) came to the police department to report that he had been shot at in the area of N. Sanborn Rd. and Freedom Pkwy. He had just left the Circle K and was driving southbound on N. Sanborn Rd. He stopped at the light for Freedom Pkwy, and the suspect vehicle stopped next to him. The suspect vehicle was described as a candy-apple red sedan (possibly a Lincoln LS) occupied by a male and a female. The male passenger fired one shot at the victim with what appeared to be a revolver, and the suspects fled the scene. No one was injured.

Release Authorized by: Jeffrey Ramsden

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Kidnapping, Child Molestation and False Imprisonment

Release Date/Time: 12/13/2014 11:18 AM

Incident: Kidnapping, Child Molestation and False Imprisonment

Report #: 14-120703

Date: Friday, 12/12/2014

Time: 4:59 PM

Location: 1800 North Main Street - Wal Mart

At approximately 0800 hours, Jorge Cervantes turned himself in at the front lobby of the police department.  He was questioned and then transported to the Monterey County Jail.  Detectives requested and received an escalation of bail in the amount of $1,000,000.00.

Release Authorized by: Sergeant Jeff Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Kidnapping, Child Molestation and False Imprisonment

Release Date/Time: 12/13/2014 5:29 AM

Incident: Kidnapping, Child Molestation and False Imprisonment

Report #: 14-120703

Date: Friday, 12/12/2014

Time: 4:59 PM

Location: 1800 North Main Street - Wal Mart

The Salinas Police Department is  looking for Jorge Cervantes, 35, in connection with the kidnapping and molestation of a ten year old girl.  Cervantes posed as a WalMart employee and approached the victim offering his assistance.  Cervantes attempted to lure the victim out of the store but when he discovered the doors were locked, Cervantes led the victim to the bathrooms where it is believed the victim was initially assaulted.  Cervantes then took the victim from the bathroom and assaulted her in one of the store aisles before the victim was able to run from him to seek help.  Cervantes then fled the store. 

If anyone knows where Cervantes may be, they are encouraged to notify the Salinas Police Department.  Please call 911 or contact Detective Arlene Currrier at 758-7125, or Detective Zuniga at 758-7929.  Information can also be left at the Salinas Police Department crime tip lines, 758-7133 or 775-4222  

Release Authorized by: Sergeant Jeff Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

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