On Sunday, Aug.t 7, at 9:12 p.m., officers of the Santa Monica Police Department were witness to a minor traffic collision at the intersection of Fourth Street and Colorado Avenue. One of the vehicles attempted to flee the scene of the accident and so the officers gave chase and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. The female driver of the vehicle failed to stop and briefly continued in her attempt to flee from the officers.
The woman eventually stopped in the 500 block of Pico Boulevard, whereupon the officers conducted a high-risk traffic stop. The officers subsequently detained all of the vehicle’s occupants.
After a search of the vehicle revealed the presence of an ounce of marijuana, evidence of fraudulent gift cards, as well as clothing, and other items that were obtained using fraudulent gift cards, the officers arrested the driver, a 33-year-old resident of Piedmont, California, and charged her with hit and run, theft, fraud using gift cards, burglary, narcotics possession, and violation of a felony probation. She is being held without bail.
The officers also arrested two other men. One was a 33-year-old resident of Oakland, California. He was charged with theft, fraud using gift cards, burglary, providing false information to a police officer, and possession of marijuana. He is being held on $20,000 bail.
The last member of this trio was a 32-year-old man from Oakland, California. He was charged with theft, fraud using gift cards, as well as burglary. He is being held on $20,000 bail.
Editor’s Note: These reports are part of a regular police coverage series entitled “Alert Police Blotter” (APB), which injects some minor editorial into certain police activities in Santa Monica. Not all of the Mirror’s coverage of incidents involving police are portrayed in this manner. More serious crimes and police-related activities are regularly reported without editorial in the pages of the Santa Monica Mirror and its website, smmirror.com