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A man who formerly starred on a popular soap opera was allegedly intoxicated and helped by police officers when he was unable to order an Uber, but he was still charged with DUI when he did not take the Uber home and went to his vehicle instead.

On Sunday, May 20, 37-year-old Justin Torkildsen, a Daytime Emmy Award-winning actor who previously worked on The Young and the Restless was a patron in the St. Julien Hotel. While the Boulder, Colorado, native was there he reported that he had consumed four beverages resembling fruit punch and as he attempted to depart the staff believed he was intoxicated. They notified the Boulder Police for fear that it would be dangerous if Torkildsen attempted to drive in that condition.

Police arrived near 1:00 a.m. and they allegedly witnessed signs of inebriation in the way that Torkildsen was carrying himself.

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A man riding his bicycle in Costa Mesa on Tuesday suffered from injuries after he was the victim of a hit and run incident. The alleged driver was detained after police sought public assistance through social media.

Around 8:30 a.m. on March 20 a man was riding his bike near a Costa Mesa intersection when a car made impact with him. The vehicle left the 56-year-old man wounded on the side of the road and drove off.

Someone noticed the cyclist injured in the street and alerted the authorities after approaching to assist him. Costa Mesa police along with Costa Mesa Fire and Rescue proceeded to the scene of the accident. The man was taken to a local hospital and diagnosed with a compound fracture of the ankle.

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A man was driving in an Acura in Anaheim late Monday evening when police ran the plates and identified it as a vehicle from Downey that had been reported stolen earlier that day.

As accounted by Sgt. Daron Wyatt of the Anaheim Police Department, officers pursued the car and the driver continued for approximately one block until he entered a residential area and stopped in the middle of the road. Police suspected there may have been a malfunction with the vehicle which forced him to come to a halt.

The man, identified as Norwalk resident Hector Munoz, then locked himself in the vehicle and refused to cooperate with law enforcement. Police used a PA system and made several attempts to get Munoz to get out of the vehicle, but he allegedly did not comply willingly.

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A Washington couple engaged in sexual activity while driving with the woman’s 3-month-old daughter in the car were the victims of an accident when they slammed into a tree on Wednesday. They were both intoxicated at the time of the crash.

The day before Thanksgiving Michael Tonkin was driving down a winding mountain road with a female companion and her baby. Tonkin and the woman were fully disrobed, and she was reportedly straddling him in the driver’s seat as they has sex. According to statements by police both Tonkin and the woman were inebriated.

Tonkin allegedly lost control of the car as he tried to navigate the bends in the road, causing him to swerve off of the shoulder and crash into a tree. Onlookers said they spotted the pair emerging from the vehicle completely nude after the wreck.

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A Los Angeles man accused of stealing diapers from stores for close to a full year tried to escape police on Wednesday by leading them on a chase that resulted in an accident. A small child was in the car with the driver during the event.

23-year-old Darrion Tyrone Parker, a man Los Angeles County prosecutors have nicknamed the “diaper bandit,” has allegedly been involved in a string of robberies beginning in December 2016 and continuing through Wednesday. He is said to have stolen packages of diapers from various grocery stores and retail outlets in and around Long Beach by using threat of force, according to the DA’s office.

When Parker had attempted a robbery on Wednesday an employee of the store chased him into the parking lot and accosted him about his purported sticky fingers.

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Police claim that a 36-year old man took them on a chase from Redondo Beach to San Pedro, and that he then tried to run over a police officer.

Dallaire, a resident of Redondo Beach, made his first appearance in Torrance court and pled not guilty at his arraignment.

According to police, Dallaire drove away from police in Redondo Beach on Saturday when they tried to pull him over for a traffic violation. Officers had chased him to Gaffey St. and Summerland Ave. in San Pedro where he crashed his car. A Redondo Beach police officer tried to approach Dallaire, but Dallaire allegedly put the car in reverse, trying to hit the officer with his car. That prompted the officer to shoot, police said.

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The Orange County Sheriff’s Department is warning residents of Orange County to plan ahead for Labor Day festivities that involve alcohol. The agency will be deploying multiple DUI checkpoints throughout the area with the intention of arresting anybody who is driving a vehicle who is under the influence of alcohol.

Officials recommend planning ahead to get a safe ride home at the end of the night. Such plans can include designating a sober driver, using Uber or a taxi service, or calling a sober friend or family member to give you a ride home. They also recommend taking car keys away from any individual who appears to be intoxicated so they are unable to drive.

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After being pulled over for expired tags, a 33 year old Florida woman was accused of drunk driving when police smelled whiskey on her breath.

When police pulled the woman over for having expired tags, they weren’t expecting what they found. There were 3 young children in the backseat, improperly restrained, and the driver was breast feeding a two month old baby. In addition, there was a full can of gasoline on the front passenger seat.

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A woman went into labor on Tuesday morning and was given an emergency ride to the hospital by her husband. Because she had already given birth to three other children, the woman felt like the baby was going to come out immediately. They sped off toward the hospital with the woman screaming in pain with powerful contractions.

She attempted to contact 911 to notify authorities of the situation as her husband sped down the freeway at 85 MPH, but the dispatcher was unable to decipher her language since she was screaming in pain. That’s when a police officer spotted the vehicle speeding in a 55 MPH zone and gave chase with lights and sirens blaring.

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On August 25, an assailant rammed into a woman’s car and kidnapped her two children at gunpoint. As the kidnapper left the scene, the woman sought immediate help from authorities. She spotted a police vehicle approaching and flagged it down. “That’s him, that’s him, right there!” she shouted to the police officer who had stopped the car with the window down.

But instead of helping, the officer, who was on his way to a burglary call, yelled back at the woman, “Right here what, baby? I’m on a call!” and promptly drove away.

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