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Creek Diva: Naughty Nanny & DUI On a Bike

Walnut Creek police reports from Oct. 10 to Oct. 13, including some noise at a sound wall.

Wednesday, October 10

Dude, where’s my car? A caller phoned 911 from a location downtown at 4:53 a.m. He was “adamant that his car was stolen.” When an officer phoned the man back, he did not pick up.

Photographer. A report was taken after an unknown man was seen taking photos of Las Lomas High School students from the nearby pedestrian bridge on Oct. 3. Creek Diva has seen a man on a motorized bike in the area in the past year doing the same thing — could he be back?

Drug influence. An off-duty Newark police offer reported that a juvenile was possibly under the influence of drugs near Mount Diablo and Alpine Road at 6:37 p.m. The kid in question was transported to Kaiser for a possible overdose of cough syrup.

Thursday, October 11

Stolen Honda. A gold and tan Honda Civic, license plate 4KYZ135, was reported stolen from a parking spot on the 2300 block of Westcliff Lane overnight.

Gas scammer? A caller recognized a young man asking for gas money at several local gas stations. The male in question was seen driving a late 1990s silver Lexus. Readers, have you seen this potential scam in action? The kid in question was stopped by police a few days later and was warned for soliciting without a permit.

Seriously? A caller witnessed a group of “high school-aged” jump the sound wall by the Rudgear Park and Ride this afternoon. Hey kids, that wall is there for a few reasons. One is for safety. Stay out, thanks!

Friday, October 12

Naughty nanny. A nanny allegedly admitted to stealing some items from the home of her employer on the 3300 block of Perada Drive. Some of the items in question were returned and no further police authority was necessary.

Broken record. Yet another bicycle was stolen out in front of the downtown library overnight. A locked Trek mountain bike valued at $500 was reported stolen. Please use a U-Lock, folks!

Hit-and-run injury. A pedestrian was the victim of a hit and run on the 1800 block of Tice Valley Boulevard at 9:57 p.m. The victim was transported to the hospital with possible broken facial bones. Feel better soon.

Saturday, October 13

Noise justice! A caller was fed up at some early morning lawn mowing and hearing a leaf blower before 9 a.m. A subject was cited for violating the noise ordinance  on Mallard Drive.

Lucky! A man walked away from his laptop bag containing an iPad and iPhone at Barnes and Noble this afternoon. Luckily the bag and all its items were located at the lost and found.

Sunday, October 14

Just a friendly reminder. You can be charged with driving under the influence while riding a bicycle. A man was arrested for doing just that, Newell Avenue at 10:28 a.m.

Parents, please remind your children to stay out of the creeks. A group of kids were seen down in the creek near Civic Drive at 12:16 p.m.

Craig October 25, 2012 at 07:03 AM
I think it's a little outrageous to arrest someone for DUI when they're riding a bicycle. We should be applauding people who are responsible enough not to get behind the wheel when they're under the influence. A drunk behind the wheel is a lethal menace. I would much rather they take a bicycle! I don't know if these things actually go to trial, but I can tell you that no way no how would I ever vote to convict someone for a DUI on a bicycle were I ever on such a jury.
Daniel October 25, 2012 at 05:05 PM
If you've had too much and are using a non-motorized vehicle stay on the sidewalk. You cannot be cited for the same offense because you are not on a public road.
Mark October 25, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Great idea. Get smashed then ride your bike on the sidewalk. Maybe through Broadway Plaza?
Keith Stone October 25, 2012 at 05:59 PM
... Until that bike rider crashes into a baby stroller, or veers into traffic causing a serious accident. I understand where your rational is coming from; I mean where do we draw the line? Well, the line has been drawn, unfortunately due to irresponsible drinkers, and it's a clear line we all know. You can be cited for public intoxication if you walk into a bush or other disorderly action. That's right, walking. In a perfect world, people would simply know their limits. Thanks to a small few, my freedom to enjoy a bike ride with a good buzz is now illegal. All I'm saying is.. I'm not applauding for morons who ruin it with their lack of self-control. If I get tipsy, I have predetermined a ride or know I'm not going anywhere until I'm sober. Please consider that by letting someone off on a DUI, you are simply enabling them. It may be just what they need to realize that they have a problem.

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