The following incidents were selected from among those reported to area law enforcement and fire protection districts.
Monday, April 9
8:35 a.m., 100 block of Cypress Lane -under the influence of a controlled substance, DUI, possession of a deadly weapon, hit and run, possession of paraphernalia- Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a hit and run on the 100 block of Cypress Lane. The driver of a white Ford F-150, Daniel Vallutato, 38, of Stateline, allegedly lost control of his vehicle and went off the road damaging some shrubbery, a flower bed and a brick wall. A witness to the crime, who was driving the opposite way on Cypress Lane, reported that the suspect exited his vehicle after the collision and tried to pull his truck out of the flower bed using only a rope and his bare hands. The suspect was allegedly laughing and appeared to be intoxicated. When deputies arrived the suspect was no longer on-scene. As they were taking a hit and run report the suspect vehicle returned, but upon seeing the patrol car, turned around and fled in an unknown direction. While deputies were taking the report, they received a report of a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle driving east on SR 207. The vehicle was stopped and deputies were able to contact the driver, Vallutato. During initial questioning, Vallutato admitted to having drunk one beer and having smoked marijuana. He smelled of alcohol and deputies requested that he perform sobriety tests. Vallutato failed and deputies arrested him for driving under the influence and hit and run. Vallutato’s truck was impounded and during a subsequent search, deputies located a marijuana pipe and a switchblade. Additional charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a deadly weapon were levied against Vallutato. A urine test also indicated that Vallutato had recently used marijuana. Vallutato was also charged with being under the influence of a controlled substance.
Sunday, April 15
1:29 p.m., 2700 block U.S. Highway 50, South Lake Tahoe – possession of a controlled substance. Police stopped a white two-door Dodge sedan for having expired tags and found what appeared to be a small amount of methamphetamine in the car. The driver, Geraldine Ann Callahan, 49, of South Lake Tahoe, allowed an officer to search the car. Callahan reportedly told the officer: “I’m just weak and stupid. I know I shouldn’t have had it. I’m just weak.” The officer found the white powder in a small plastic baggy under the center console. Callahan was arrested for the alleged drug possession and ticketed for expired registration and driving with a suspended license.
8:05 p.m., 400 block of Capri Drive, South Lake Tahoe – drunk in public. Blaine Johnson, a 45-year-old who police said was highly intoxicated, asked an officer to take him to jail. Twice officers went to a home on Capri Drive because of reported domestic disturbances. Police said that during their first visit Johnson promised to leave the area and cool off. The second time around Johnson was found at the residence with a beer in his hand and even more drunk. It was then that he requested to be taken to jail. Police arrested Johnson for being drunk in public.
Monday, April 16
3:34 a.m., Pony Express Way, South Lake Tahoe – felony evading arrest, DUI. Police noticed his car when it came speeding out onto U.S. Highway 50 from the Safeway parking lot. The driver, Jonathon Spiros, 26, reportedly led an officer on a high-speed pursuit that reached 70 mph on several residential streets and ended at a dead-end on Saddle Road. The car chase was followed by a short chase on foot. Police finally caught up with Spiros on Pony Express Way. When asked by an officer why he tried to escape, he answered: “I have no comment.” Spiros, who was on parole, was arrested for drunken driving and felony evading. His bail was set at $10,000.
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