Woman killed while crossing street in Rowland Heights, driver accused of DUI


ROWLAND HEIGHTS >> A Hacienda Heights man is accused of being high on drugs when he struck and killed a woman as she crossed the street in Rowland Heights late Tuesday, authorities said.
Yussef Hadi Afra, 23, is accused of felony drunken driving in connection with the 7 p.m. collision on Batson Avenue, just south of Colima Road, according to California Highway Patrol officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
The identity of the woman killed remained unknown Wednesday, Investigator B. Kim of the Los Angeles County Department of Medical-Examiner Coroner said. She was officially listed as a “Jane Doe.”
Afra was driving a 2015 Honda Civic northbound on Batson Avenue as the woman was crossing west across the roadway, officer Tim Zaspal of the CHP’s Santa Fe Springs area office said in a written statement.
The Honda struck the woman, who was rushed to a hospital with major injuries, Zaspal said. She died a short time later.
“(Afra) was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs,” Zaspal added. It was unclear what type of drugs Afra was accused of being under the influence of.
After being examined at a hospital, Afra was booked into jail, where he was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail, according to officials and records.

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3 arrested, 25 cited during Whittier police checkpoint


WHITTIER >> An overnight police checkpoint in Whittier resulted in three arrests and 25 citations, authorities said Saturday.
The checkpoint was held from 7 p.m. Friday to 2:30 a.m. Saturday on Whittier Boulevard at Philadelphia Street, Whittier police Lt. Aaron Ruiz said.
Officers screened 1,221 vehicles, he said. They administered four field sobriety tests, ultimately arresting one driver on suspicion of DUI.
Two additional people were arrested for outstanding warrants during the checkpoint, Ruiz said.
Police issued 18 tickets to unlicensed drivers, and 7 tickets to drivers with suspended licenses, he added. One vehicle was impounded.

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Police checkpoint planned tonight in Whittier

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WHITTIER >> Police are holding a sobriety and driver license checkpoint tonight in Whittier, officials said.
The checkpoint was scheduled to take place between 7 p.m. Friday and 2:30 a.m. Saturday within the city limits, Whittier police officials said in a written statement.
Funding for the checkpoint is being provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Safety Administration.

PHOTO courtesy of the Whittier Police Department

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UPDATED: Suspect re-captured after escaping from deputies at San Gabriel hospital


SAN GABRIEL >> Deputies chased down and re-captured an El Monte man who escaped from a San Gabriel hospital Thursday, where he was being examined following an arrest earlier in the afternoon, officials said.
The incident began about 12:40 p.m. after deputies in South El Monte spotted Sergio Galiano, 20, of El Monte, who had an outstanding warrant for resisting arrest, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Ismael Chavez said.
He was arrested following a brief struggle, and deputies also found him in possession of methamphetamine, the lieutenant said.
Deputies took the suspect to the San Gabriel Valley Medical Center, 438 W. Las Tunas Drive in San Gabriel, for examination prior to booking him into jail, Lt. Ronald Daily said.
While handcuffed and awaiting treatment about 2:20 p.m., Galiano managed to break free from the facility and run, Daily said.
Deputies set up a search perimeter, ultimately finding the man hiding, still handcuffed, in a residential neighborhood about an hour later, officials said.
He was again examined at a hospital before being booked into jail for the existing warrant, as well as on suspicion of drug possession, being under the influence of drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest and felony escape, Chavez said.
According to county booking records, Galiano was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending a scheduled arraignment Wednesday in El Monte Superior Court.

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Police: 5 DUI suspects caught driving away from West Covina courthouse without valid licenses during Glendora police sting


WEST COVINA >> Police cited and impounded the cars of five drivers who drove away from a courthouse in West Covina after having their licenses suspended or revoked, or being ordered by a judge not to drive, due to pending DUI cases, officials said.
Glendora police officers conducted the sting between 8 a.m. and noon Wednesday at the Los Angeles Superior Court’s West Covina Branch, 1427 W. Covina Parkway, Glendora police Community Service Officer Wendy Brewer said in a written statement.
Police officers staked out those offenders leaving the courthouse without a valid license who proceeded to get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle and drive away,” Brewer said.
The targeted drivers are intoxicated driving suspects, she explained. Some had their licenses suspended or revoked, while others had no licenses to begin with and had been ordered by a judge not to drive.
Officers followed 11 such people from the courthouse.
“While some offenders complied with the law and had alternate means of transportation, five individuals drove away despite judges’ orders,” Brewer said. “Those who chose to drive with their invalid license statuses were stopped by waiting officers, cited back into court and their vehicles were towed.”
They potentially face even longer license suspensions, along with other penalties,
The sting was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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UPDATED: Motorcyclist killed, car driver accused of DUI following Irwindale crash


IRWINDALE >> A motorcyclist died and the driver of a car is suspect of drunken driving following a collision between the two vehicles in Irwindale late Friday, officials said.
The fatal crash took place about 9:15 p.m. at Longden and Myrtle avenues, Irwindale police officials said in a written statement.
The motorcyclist, whose identity was not available Saturday pending notification of family, died at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center shortly after the crash, police and coroner’s officials said. He was initially described as a 29-year-old man.
The motorcyclist was riding a 2009 Yamaha, while the allegedly drunken driver was at the wheel of a 2008 Chevy Malibu, Sgt. George Zendejas said.
“The motorcycle was north on Myrtle (Avenue) and the Malibu was making a left turn from southbound Myrtle (Avenue) to eastbound Longden (Avenue),” Zendejas said.
The two vehicles collided in the intersection.
Paramedics took the badly injured motorcyclist to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center where he died a short time later, officials said.
“During the investigation, it was determined that the driver of the passenger car involved in the collision was driving while under the influence,” according to the police statement.
Pamela Ramirez, 23, of Baldwin Park was treated for minor injuries before being booked on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated at the Glendora Police Department’s jail, officials said.
“The cause of the collision is still under investigation and will be determined at a later time,” according to the statement.
According to Los Angeles County booking records, Ramirez was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail pending a scheduled arraignment hearing Tuesday in West Covina Superior Court.
Any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact Irwindale police Sgt. Greg Gomez at 626-430-2245.

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Whittier police to hold checkpoint Friday

WHITTIER >> Police are planning a sobriety and driver license checkpoint in Whittier Friday.
The checkpoint will be held from 7 p.m. Friday to 2:30 a.m. Saturday at an undisclosed location within the city, Whittier police officials said in a written statement.
“Over the course of the past three years, officers have investigated 327 DUI collisions which have claimed 4 lives and resulted in another 148 injuries,” according to the statement.
Funding for the checkpoint is being provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Anyone who spots an intoxicated driver on the road is encouraged to report it by calling 911.

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Checkpoint planned Friday in Norwalk

NORWALK >> Deputies plan to check drivers for sobriety and valid licenses during a checkpoint Friday night, officials said.
The checkpoint will be held from 6 p.m. Friday until midnight at an undisclosed location within Norwalk, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
“Over the course of the past three years in the contract cities policed by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, DUI collisions have claimed 33 lives and resulted in 898 injury crashes causing 1330 injuries,” according to the statement.
Funding for the checkpoint is being provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Baldwin Park man accused of DUI, auto theft after leading Irwindale police on chase

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IRWINDALE >> Police working a DUI patrol in Irwindale late Christmas night arrested an alleged drunken driver who led them on a chase in a stolen pickup truck that ended in a crash at a park in Baldwin Park, authorities said.
Miguel Higuera Lujan, 36, of Baldwin Park remained jailed in lieu of $25,000 bail Saturday on suspicion of auto theft, DUI and hit-and-run, according to Irwindale police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
Two officers were working an extra enforcement operation in search of intoxicated drivers just after 11 p.m. when they saw a 1994 Nissan pickup truck run a stop sign at Ramona Boulevard and Elton Avenue, Irwindale police Sgt. George Zendejas said.
The driver refused to pull over, starting a chase, the sergeant said. He fled for about 1227_NWS_SGT-L-DUICHASE2a mile, running through a red light otherwise driving recklessly, before driving the truck through the basketball court at Hilda L. Solis Park, at 15010 Badillo Street in Baldwin Park.
“Thankfully, there was no one in the area,” Zendejas said.
Lujan jumped from the still-moving truck and continued to flee on foot. The truck came to a stop after crashing into a chain link fence at the edge of a flood control channel, officials said. Police soon captured the fleeing suspect nearby.
Police determined the truck had been reported stolen in the Temple City area.
Zendejas commended the involved officers.
“This was outstanding work on behalf of the officers working the DUI enforcement patrol and taking another dangerous DUI driver off the streets to keep our citizens safe during the holiday season,” he said.
Lujan was scheduled to appear for arraignment Tuesday in West Covina Superior Court.

 

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Whittier police plan checkpoint this weekend

WHITTIER >> Police are planning a sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint in Whittier this weekend.
The Whittier Police Department will be conducting the checkpoint from 7:30 p.m. Friday to 3:00 a.m. Saturday at an undisclosed location within the city, Whittier police officials said in a written statement.
“Over the course of the past three years, “(Whittier Police Department) officers have investigated 319 DUI collisions which have claimed four lives and resulted in another 146 injuries,” according to the statement.
Funding for the checkpoint is being provided by a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, through the California Office of Traffic Safety.

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