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Lindsay man reports car stolen to cover up crash

Lindsay man reports car stolen to cover up crash

Man is also arrested on perfury charge after signing CHP form listing the car as stolen

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LINDSAY – A Lindsay man reported his car stolen in a failed attempt to cover up his own car accident last week.

At 8:59 a.m. on Feb. 20, 25-year-old Sergio Alexander Rocha of Lindsay called the Lindsay Police Department to report that his green 2004 Nissan Altima had been stolen sometime during the night. The vehicle was found to be involved in a single vehicle rollover traffic accident in the area of Avenue 264 and Road 176. The officer and Rocha went to the scene of the accident. While there, Rocha signed a CHP form at the scene saying the car had been stolen, but later admitted to driving his vehicle at the time of the accident. Rocha was placed under arrest on charges of filing a false police report and perjury. He was transported to the Lindsay PD for processing and later released on a signed promise to appear in court.

CHP was contacted and responded to the PD for follow up on the traffic collision.


Lindsay Police Log

Thursday, Feb. 15
At 10:15 a.m., officers were flagged down at city hall by someone reporting a domestic violence incident in the area of Honolulu and Gale Hill. The victim advised officers that 23-year-old Robert Reeves headbutted her. The woman declined medical treatment and Reeves was arrested without incident at his home.

Saturday, Feb. 17
At 7:40 p.m. in the 600 block of North Gale Hall, an officer observed a 1996 Chevy Silverado pickup driving without its headlights after dark through the alleyway. The driver, 22-year-old Irineo Castaneda Frias of Lindsay, displayed symptoms consistent with being under the influence of an alcoholic beverage. Frias, who driving on a suspended license from a previous DUI conviction, was unable to perform any field sobriety tests and was arrested. He was also found to have three active warrants for his arrest. Frias later provided breath samples with a blood-alcohol level of .09 and .08. He was later cited and released to a responsible party.

Sunday, Feb. 18
At 12:37 p.m. in the 900 block of West Tulare Road, officers responded to a report of domestic violence that had just occurred. The female victim told officers that she was involved in an argument with her live-in boyfriend, 34-year-old Mario Gonzalez, when he slapped her in the face twice. The woman complained of pain, but she declined medical treatment. Gonzalez admitted to slapping her in the face and was arrested. He was later booked at the Porterville Substation.

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