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Police briefs: Suicidal man challenges police officers

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Posted: Monday, July 9, 2012 6:44 pm

So drunk, they didn't know where they were

Police arrested an allegedly impaired driver and his two passengers who were so intoxicated “they didn’t even know where they were” early Saturday morning, according to authorities.

About 1:57 a.m. Saturday, an officer pulled over an unidentified make and model of car near Church Street and Myrtle Avenue in Morgan Hill for a vehicle code violation, according to MHPD Sgt. Bill Norman.

The driver, Mario Gonzalez, 35, appeared to be intoxicated, so the officer ran field sobriety tests and arrested him on suspicion of DUI, Norman said.

During the traffic stop, the officer also determined the two male passengers were “very intoxicated,” Norman added. They were “taken into protective custody” until they sobered up.

One of the passengers gave a false name during the arrest, but police ran his fingerprints anyway and determined he had an outstanding warrant for DUI, Norman said.

The suspect gave the name Romualdo Teofilo, 32, to police, but Norman did not know what his actual name was.

The other passenger who was taken into custody was Juan Guadarrama, 22, police said.


Man suicidal and combative

Officers were “covered in blood” after responding to a call reporting a suicidal person who had slit his wrist and became combative when police arrived, authorities said.

About 10:56 p.m. Saturday, Morgan Hill police responded to the call on the 200 block of West Dunne Avenue, Sgt. Bill Norman said.

When they arrived, they saw Daniel Valdez, 30, in his backyard making suicidal threats and “bleeding all over the place” due to the self-inflicted cut to his wrist, Norman said. He was also intoxicated.

Valdez did not comply with the officers, and had to be restrained in order for paramedics to provide medical aid, police said. “He ended up wrestling around” with the officers, Norman said.

Valdez was eventually transported to an area hospital where he was held for a psychiatric evaluation.

Three cars burglarized at Strixe

At least three vehicles were burglarized in the parking lot of Strixe Lounge at Tennant Station within a three-hour period Friday night, police said.

The unidentified, unknown suspect in all three incidents forced his or her way into the cars by smashing the front passenger’s side window, MHPD Sgt. Bill Norman said.

The thefts happened sometime between 10 p.m. Friday and 12:30 a.m. Saturday, police said.

The victim in the first incident, in which a 2006 Honda was burglarized, said the suspect had gone though the inside of the car, but was unable to say at the time of the call if anything had been stolen, Norman said.

In the other two burglaries, the thief or thieves stole a purse from each vehicle - a 2003 Dodge and a 2004 Honda, Norman said. In both of those incidents, the owner left the purse sitting on the front passenger’s seat - the same seat whose window was smashed out by the suspect or suspects.

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1 comment:

  • WilliamYancey posted at 1:34 pm on Tue, Jul 10, 2012.

    WilliamYancey Posts: 390

    Unrelated to this article, but since the South County papers have disabled the comments on the articles about the toddler who got his police officer daddy's illegally stored gun and shot himself, I figured I'd comment here. It's sickening The amount of editorializing in the articles about that case, the claims that there are no laws in CA about how firearms are supposed to be stored, attempting to rewrite the affair as merely a tragic accident, rather than a case of gross irresponsibility on the officer's part... it's all a bit too much. I'm not sure why these papers feel compelled to circle the wagons for this. Just because he's a cop? Or is there some arrangement whereby these papers don't criticize any local law enforcement agencies? Someone who runs the paper has family or friends in the department and their reporting on the issue is suffering for it? I just think it's funny that I got an e-mail just yesterday wherein a representative from the paper insisted they want to allow people to vent and get things off their chest on these forums, but then attempt to shut down discussion when law enforcement is involved. Other times in the past the Times has claimed they take a more absolutist approach to speech on their forums. Yet, when a cop's negligence results in the death of a toddler, suddenly discussion about it is shut down. It's Orwellian, in the true sense of the word.