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Blotter: Bomb Threat and DUIs

Blotter: Bomb Threat and DUIs

May 31, 2012

By The Redondo Beach Patch

Handcuffs.

Officers from the Redondo Beach Police Department dealt with multiple incidents over the past two weeks, according to Recent Law Enforcement Events news releases.

Don't drink and drive

A Redondo Beach Parking Enforcement officer discovered a running car stopped in the middle of the street with the driver slumped over the wheel at about 8:45 a.m. Sunday, according to police reports.

The officer put the car in park and tried to wake the apparently intoxicated driver up to no avail, police said. There were half-drunk alcoholic beverages in the car, which had a breath alcohol ignition interlock device installed.

Paramedics transported the driver to a local hospital. The motorist was cited for driving under the influence and left in the care of hospital personnel.

Officers track down stolen car

Police officers from Redondo Beach and Torrance tracked down a stolen car and its driver Saturday night.

The South Bay Regional Communications Authority told Redondo police that the vehicle was spotted in the 2500 block of Robinson Street. An officer in the area saw the stolen vehicle as it made a right turn on Artesia Boulevard and sped off in heavy traffic, police said.

The vehicle was later found in Torrance, where Torrance officers also detained a person that matched the description of the driver who fled from police.

The Redondo officer who spotted the stolen vehicle positively identified the person as the vehicle's driver, police said. Officers from the Hermosa Beach Police Department arrested the driver and recovered the vehicle.

DHL building evacuated after bomb threat

More than 100 people evacuated the DHL processing center on Redondo Beach Avenue on May 24 after someone called the facility at 4:10 p.m. and told a security guard that a bomb planted in a second-floor office would detonate at 5 p.m., police said.

"A subsequent search of the building did not reveal any explosive or unusual devices," police said. "An investigation of the incident continues."

Drinking and driving still not a good idea

On May 19, Redondo police officers arrested a person on suspicion of failure to stop at a stop sign, hit-and-run and driving under the influence of an intoxicant after the driver attempted to flee from the scene of a crash.

Officers received a call about a traffic collision near Aviation Boulevard and Grant Avenue at about 9:45 p.m.; however, when they arrived at the scene, one of the drivers had left, police said. Responding officers soon spotted the car, which was sporting "major front end damage" and a flat tire, traveling eastbound on Grant Avenue.

The driver initially failed to yield to officers attempting a traffic stop, but surrendered to police after a brief pursuit. He was taken into custody.

Race ends in rollover collision

A vehicle that may have been racing another car caused a rollover collision after the driver failed to stop at the flashing red light at the intersection of 190th Street and Flagler Lane shortly before 3 a.m. on May 15.

Two vehicles were involved in the subsequent crash, police said.

"Due to the sudden decline of the roadway, (authorities speculated) that the vehicle went airborne and collided with the other party as it impacted the roadway," police said.

According to police, one of the vehicles flipped and "slid down the hill on its roof."

The drivers of both vehicles were hospitalized with moderate injuries.

Senior center break-in

Police arrested a boy on suspicion of attempted burglary after witnesses said they spotted him removing the screen from a window at the Perry Park Senior Center on Rockefeller Lane at about 9:45 p.m. on May 14.

Officers found the boy, who matched the witnesses' descriptions, in a car parked nearby, police said. During their investigation, officers "located evidence related to the crime," police said.

Nothing was reported stolen.

Questions on this blotter should be addressed to editor Nicole Mooradian at nicole.mooradian@patch.com.

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