Crime log: Idling car hard to resist
A South Lake Tahoe man was arrested on charges of taking a vehicle and driving without a license when an El Dorado County sheriff’s deputy pulled him over Saturday evening, a deputy said.
The deputy noticed the 2001 Mitsubishi Mirage, driven by Jason Helton, 29, with a broken taillight on Emerald Bay Road.
“I’ll be honest with you,” Helton reportedly said to the deputy. “I found this car running and I just took it.”
The car was backed up against a fence and left running with the headlights on near Park Avenue at Stateline around 11 a.m. Saturday when Helton allegedly took it, the deputy said.
Helton told authorities he had nowhere to go and was just driving the car around, the deputy said.
In other news:
— Charles Langley, who was in El Dorado County Superior Court last week for a trial regarding violation of probation, was cleared on the charge because of lack of evidence.
Prosecutors accused Langley of violating probation when he was reportedly found on elementary school grounds in May. Langley was a suspect in a case involving a man who attempted to lure children away from their parents during sporting events.
— A 33-year-old resident and backhoe driver noticed backhoe tracks spanning 100 yards from the road into the wilderness where there appeared to be a freshly covered hole, an El Dorado County sheriff’s deputy said. The incident was reported on the 3000 block of Jacarillo Trail.
The deputy used Tracker, a law enforcement trained German shepherd, to hunt human scent but none was found.
A Lake Valley Fire Protection District back hoe was ordered, dug 12 feet into the ground and found nothing but pine needles, pine cones and tree branches in the hole.
— A custodian for Meyers Elementary School reported two cars, a Toyota and a Subaru, spinning doughnuts and speeding on school grounds Friday night, an El Dorado County sheriff’s deputy said.
The Toyota drove over the grass and the Subaru driver admitted pouring bleach on the pavement to help lube tires in the doughnut-making process, the deputy said.
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