SCOTTS VALLEY

Police nab suspected intoxicated hit-and-run driver

Scotts Valley police arrested a 69-year-old man just before 7 p.m. Friday on suspicion of a hit and run car accident while intoxicated, police Sgt. David Ball said.

Police received calls from residents reporting a possible drunk driver who had hit two parked cars near La Cuesta Drive and Mount Hermon Road and was driving the wrong way.

Witnesses provided a description of a black Chevy Avalanche, which officers found a half mile away on La Madrona Drive without one of its front tires, Ball said.

Police spotted a man walking along the side of the road.

The man admitted to driving the Avalanche and failed the field sobriety test, Ball said.

Officers say the driver damaged landscaping and a city traffic sign with the car.

He was booked into County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence and hit and run.

MONTEREY

Parolee at large arrested for dangerous pursuit

A 28-year-old man wanted by the California Highway Patrol for a dangerous pursuit in Scotts Valley on Feb. 3 was arrested Friday by CHP officers in Monterey County, who also found themselves in a chase with the suspect.

According to the CHP, Mitchell Luna Valdez, a resident of San Jose and Salinas, is a parolee at large who led officers on a pursuit Feb. 3 on Highway 17 near Mount Hermon Road.


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He was driving a black Chevy Malibu, CHP Sgt. Ryan Monahan said.

The chase was called off because it became too dangerous to officers and other drivers, Monahan said.

Valdez was booked into Monterey County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence and evading officers.