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Police blotter 5.12.12

Wednesday, May 2

A 16-year-old Antonio High School student was arrested Wednesday morning after being found urinating on the cement of the school grounds. Police determined the student was under the influence of alcohol and, upon inspection, also found a lighter in his backpack. He was arrested for being drunk and urinating in public, as well as for being a minor in possession of tobacco paraphernalia.

Saturday, May 5

An arrest for being drunk in public was only the beginning for a Claremont Colleges student who was detained by Claremont police early Saturday morning. Police were called to Case Dorm, 560 E. Foothill Blvd., because the student—Leverett Morgan, 21—was being combative with campus safety. He attempted to punch the campus safety officers, who were eventually able to detain him. When his handcuffs were removed in the Claremont jail, Mr. Morgan began to swing his arms in an attempt to hit the officers and when they tried to exit the cell, he charged the door and tried to escape. An officer and a jailer were injured in the process, according to Lt. Vander Veen. He was held until sober and later released after posting bail. In addition to charges of being drunk in public, Mr. Morgan is being accused of resisting and battery of an officer.

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The driver of a motorized scooter was airlifted from Larkin Park to USC Medical Center around 6:15 p.m. after slamming into the back of a vehicle stopped in a west lane of Foothill Boulevard, east of Mills. The driver suffered lacerations to the chin, arms and legs.

Monday, May 7

A fluke incident triggered by a solo car crash left a resident injured on Monday. A man was pulling his vehicle—similar to a golf cart—into a parking stall in front of Rhino Records, 235 Yale Avenue, around 8:30 a.m. when he accidentally hit the accelerator and collided with a support beam before leaving the scene. Initially deemed a hit-and-run, several witnesses provided a name and description of the driver and vehicle to the Claremont police. The man said he attempted to contact the business at the time of the incident, but the store was closed. Rhino Records did not wish to press charges. Though the driver was not harmed in the crash, a man nearby was transported to the hospital for a finger injury he sustained while attempting to catch another person who was startled at the time of the crash.

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A 2-car crash ended in arrest for both drivers Monday evening. A 76-year-old Ontario man was arrested after rear-ending another vehicle with his car at Auto Center Drive and Indian Hill. Samuel Martinez was found to be under the influence of alcohol. He was already on probation for a previous count of driving under the influence. Esca Guernon, 23, of Pomona, the driver of the rear-ended car, was found to have an outstanding warrant and also arrested. Though both Ms. Guernon and her passenger complained of pain, neither sought medical treatment.

—Beth Hartnett

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