Police blotter for week of March 9 through March 16
High-speed chase, injury
A high-speed chase involving at least two parties through the Sierra Valley Estates the weekend of March 15-16 resulted in at least one serious injury to a resident and a series of 911 calls from concerned residents. The case is still being investigated and few details were available at press time, but Mammoth Lakes Police Sgt. Marc Moscowitz said the incident occurred on Saturday evening, March 16, during “an ongoing chase between two rival groups.
“The incident is still under investigation, but one subject was injured when struck by a vehicle and sought medical attention,” he said. “His injuries appear to be minor and he was released from the hospital. The cause of the rift is still unknown at this point. Nobody was giving it up. This occurred in several locations around town and multiple calls to 911.”
A 24-year-old Newhall man who was driving at more than 80 miles per hour on U.S. 395 near the Convict Lake Road intersection on the evening of March 14 was arrested for driving drunk with a blood alcohol level of three times the legal limit. The man was driving a black Chevrolet Astro Van just south of Convict Lake Road at 8:25 p.m. when he was pulled over. His passenger was provided a ride into Mammoth Lakes by the CHP.
Drunk in public
A 33-year-old Santa Rosa man was arrested on suspicion of being drunk in public and of causing serious injury to another person after he got into a fight with several patrons of The Tap, during which he dragged and then bit a female patron, bit a male patron and later, when paramedics tried to take him to the hospital due to injuries he had sustained in the fight, was so hostile, the ambulance had to be escorted to the hospital by police.
A 24-year-old Newport Beach woman reported last week that someone used her name and identification to apply for, and get, three different credit cards in her name, without her consent. The woman said her wallet had been stolen in 2009 and believed that might be the way someone got access to her personal information.
A collision between a Subaru and a Town of Mammoth Lakes trolley bus on Canyon Boulevard near Hillside Drive late in the evening of March 10 did not result in any injuries, but the Subaru was seriously damaged.
A 44-year-old Miami Beach man told police he believed someone had stolen his $20,000 Rolex watch that he had left in a safe in his hotel room at the Westin on March 10. He told police he realized when he arrived in Los Angeles later that he had left the watch behind in the safe. He said he contacted the Westin and was told that an engineer would get into the safe to see if his watch was still there. He was then told, he said, that the watch was not there. However, when police arrived at the Westin to investigate, they found the watch in the safe.
A Mammoth man tried to buy a bottle of tequila from Vons on March 14, right as the moratorium on purchasing alcohol—2 a.m.—was reached. The cash register that the man was at automatically refused the purchase. The man then grabbed a bottle of tequila from the liquor shelves, threw a $20 bill at the cashier and said, “There, that will take care of it,” and left the store. The cashier was able to identify the man and later that same morning, police found him to be the same man that was involved in a hit and run accident on Lakeview Boulevard, which resulted in the man striking a Eastern Sierra Transit sign with his vehicle after he lost control of the vehicle while speeding. The man later confessed to stealing the bottle of tequila. The case was referred to the Mono County District Attorney’s office.
Five wallets and a camera were found and taken to the Mammoth Lakes Police Station this past week.