A 52-year-old man was arrested Friday, Nov. 30 for breaking smoking laws at a bus stop in the area of Fourth Street and Broadway in Santa Monica.
At 1:16 p.m. officers of the Santa Monica Police Department were on patrol in the area when they spotted a man smoking a cigarette in violation of a Santa Monica Municipal Code that prohibits this act.
The officers told this man that he could not do this and in response the suspect became agitated and threw the cigarette into the street (another Santa Monica Municipal Code violation). The man then began to walk off.
The officers followed this man and he continued to argue with them until they arrested him.
This homeless man was charged with smoking at a bus stop and his bail was set at $500.
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.