Man jailed on warrant after Whittier traffic crash

WHITTIER — A man was jailed for an outstanding arrest warrant Friday after crashing his car at Telegraph and Carmenita roads, police said.
Alexander Martinez, 36, was booked on an arrest warrant stemming from an incident of vandalism at the Whittier Police Department jail, Whittier police Lt. Bill Webster said. He was also cited on suspicion of driving on a suspended license.
The crash occurred about 11:40 a.m. as Martinez was eastbound on Telegraph at Carmenita Road, the lieutenant said.
He looked down to check his GPS and drifted to the side of the road, jumping the truck over a curb and crashing into a Toyota Camry preparing to exit a parking lot.
A 21-year-old Whittier man in the Camry was hospitalized after complaining of pain, Webster said.
The truck continued and struck a stop sign and a “now leasing” sign, police said. Martinez was not injured.
Investigating officers then discovered Martinez had a suspended license and an outstanding warrant for allegedly vandalizing the Whittier Police Department’s jail during a previous stay, Webster said.
According to sheriff’s booking records, Martinez was being held in lieu of $30,000 bail. Information on his initial court appearance was not available.

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