Extra DUI Patrols Ready For St. Patrick's Day

LA MESA -- Police are warning that special DUI patrols will be out looking for motorists who try a bit too much of the green beer or Irish whisky on St. Patrick's Day.

Police are recommending a designated driver rather than counting on the luck o' the Irish. See traffic information below.

Case Highlights: On Thursday, March 6 at approximately 4:30 a.m. the clerk from the Arco AM/PM located at 3775 Massachusetts Avenue called the La Mesa Police to report that he had been robbed at gunpoint.

The suspect entered the store and displayed a black semi-automatic handgun and demanded cash. The victim gave the suspect cash from the register and the suspect was last seen fleeing from the business through the front door. The clerk was not injured during the robbery.

Officers searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect. The suspect was described as: Suspect: Black male in his 30s approximately 5’ 10” wearing a red jacket. The suspect was also wearing a ski mask to conceal his face. The weapon was described as a light colored black semi-automatic handgun. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the La Mesa Police Department. You may also call Crime Stoppers’ anonymous toll-free tip line (888) 580-TIPS (or www.sdcrimestoppers.com). You can remain anonymous, and be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 for information in this case.

Traffic Information: For the upcoming Saint Patrick’s Day Celebrations next weekend, the La Mesa Police Department’s Traffic Unit is preparing to participate in extra DUI enforcement. La Mesa Police Department’s Traffic Unit will beef up their DUI enforcement efforts on Saint Patrick’s Day, Monday March 17, 2014. We will have several extra officers out on patrol to aggressively look for potentially impaired and distracted drivers. We urge the public to seek alternatives like using a designated driver, public transportation, taxis etc. Please have a safe Saint Patrick’s Day weekend!
Crime Prevention/Emergency Preparedness: On Tuesday, March 4 at approximately 7:55 a.m. officers responded to a report of someone prowling in the 4200 block of Cobalt Drive. An unknown subject entered the backyard of a residence and was confronted by the resident, who did not know the suspect. .The suspect is described as a White Female with short red hair, approximately 25 years old, wearing a blue “Aeropostal” sweatshirt, brown pants, tan purse and having a black backpack. If you have any additional information regarding the incident or see someone in your neighborhood acting suspiciously, please call the Police Department 619-667-1400.
Department Information:
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Comment by David Stanley on March 11, 2014 at 7:45am

For many  years I have pondered the question of "St Patrick's Day".  Why, I have asked myself, do generally or perhaps occasionally sane people flock to bars and parties on this particular day and drink themselves into sodden sponges and then, many or most, leap into cars and speed about drunkenly? Many of us, I for one, do in fact have a wee Irish heritage, albeit overshadowed by my Scots blood. This said, I have no desire to drink myself stupid on one particular day or any day for that matter yet on this particular day we witness hundreds of thousands grinning and talking loudly whilstt furthering the concept that all Irish are drunks. You know and I know thats not true but watch any television broadcast on that day and, well, what do you see" Yep. A bunch of drunks; And in the background you will always find harried police officers trying to save lives whilst these drunks advertise their lower than average IQ to any tv camera and allo bar tenders; Now, why is that?

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