Escondido, CA


The “Police Blotter” is taken from the Escondido Police Department website.

JUMPER AT HIGHWAY — On October 2 at about 11:48 a.m., officers responded to the Via Rancho Pkwy. overpass at I-15 regarding a male who appeared ready to jump onto the northbound lanes of the freeway. Units arrived and found the male hanging on to the fence directly over the freeway. The male appeared intoxicated and expressed irrational thoughts and beliefs. The California Highway Patrol responded and shut down northbound I-15, and issued a SIG Alert. Several Officers negotiated with the man for about an hour, eventually convincing him to come down from the bridge unharmed. The man was taken to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation.

STOLEN HANDGUN — On October 2 at about 4:15 p.m., an officer on routine patrol observed a vehicle in a ditch near the intersection of 4Th Ave and Pine Street. The officer contacted a man standing outside of the still running vehicle who admitted to being the driver. During the investigation, the officer saw a handgun, in plain sight, on the floor board of the vehicle. Further investigation revealed the man was driving the vehicle while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage at the time of the accident. The officer also determined the handgun had been reported as stolen. The suspect was arrested and booked into the Vista Detention Facility.

TWO CAR COLLISION — October 4 at at 10:50 p.m., a two-vehicle collision occurred at the intersection of Mission Avenue and Ash Street, resulting in minor injuries to one of the vehicle occupants. The driver of the other vehicle ran from the collision scene without exchanging information or attempting to render aid to the other involved motorist. While officers were investigating the collision, the male driver that fled returned to the scene and was identified by the other involved motorist and witnesses. The male suspect was determined to have a suspended driver’s license. The suspect was arrested for hit and run and driving on a suspended license. The suspect was booked into the Vista Detention Facility.

VEHICLE VS. PEDESTRIAN — On October 8 at about 1:57 a.m., officers responded to the intersection of Ash Street and Valley Parkway to investigate the reports of a traffic collision involving a vehicle and a pedestrian. Officers arrived and found a single vehicle had struck a pedestrian just south of the intersection. The preliminary investigation revealed a 24 year old male was driving south on Ash Street in a green 1996 Volkswagen Golf when the vehicle struck a pedestrian in the roadway. After the collision, the vehicle came to rest on top of the pedestrian. It appears the pedestrian was in a prone position in the roadway prior to the collision. Fire personnel used special equipment to lift the vehicle off of the pedestrian and performed lifesaving measures. The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene despite the lifesaving efforts of police and fire personnel. The male driver of the Golf was not injured was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The traffic investigation is ongoing and is being conducted by Officer Mike Nelson of the Traffic Division. Witnesses are encouraged to call Officer Nelson at 760- 839-4407.

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