Lindsay man’s blood-alcohol level was four times the legal limit
Jose Cantu arrested for DUI with a blood alcohol ratio of .32%
LINDSAY – A Lindsay man is lucky to be alive, and so were other drivers on the road, after he consumed a dangerous level of alcohol prior to getting behind the wheel.
At 9:45 p.m. on March 2, a Lindsay Police officer responded to Fastrip, 195 W. Hermosa, for an anonymous report of a gray 2000 Chevy Cavalier being driven recklessly in the area. The vehicle was pulled over at the intersection of Sweet Brier Avenue and Honolulu Street shortly after leaving the gas station parking lot.
The driver, 31-year-old Jose Cantu of Lindsay, was arrested and appeared to be heavily intoxicated. He was transported to the Lindsay Police Department where he submitted to a chemical test that showed a blood alcohol level of .31% and .32%, or four times the legal limit. Cantu was later cited and released to a responsible party.
According to the National Institute for Health (NIH), Cantu should have been unconscious and nearly died due to alcohol poisoning. At .31%, NIH says the body’s vital yet involuntary functions, such as breathing and pumping blood, are at the highest risk for failure.
If you see a car driving recklessly, possibly due to drinking and driving, pull over and call 9-1-1. Give the dispatcher as much detail as you can including the location, speed, and details about the dangerous car on the road – but also be sure to maintain a safe distance.
Lindsay Police Logs
Thursday, March 1
At 2:50 p.m. in the 100 block of S. Locke, officers responded to a report of an out-of-control juvenile. The reporting party, whose name was withheld to protect the minor, stated that her 14 year old daughter pushed her and began breaking items in the apartment after a verbal argument. The juvenile was arrested and later booked into the Juvenile Detention Facility.
Friday, March 2
At 8:32 p.m. in the area of Honolulu and Central, an officer checked out an occupied vehicle. The driver, 21-year-old Angelita Mejia of Lemoore, who was found to have an open receptacle of marijuana and an open container of alcohol in the passenger compartment. Mejia was also found to be in possession of 37 prescription pills without a prescription and she was found to be operating a vehicle while unlicensed.
Saturday, March 3
At 9:10 p.m., Lindsay officers responded to a confidential address for a report of domestic violence. The victim advised that after a verbal argument with her husband 60-year-old Rudy Delarosa, he struck her in the face several times, strangled her and threw a knife at her but missed. The woman sustained minor injuries and was assessed by Exeter Ambulance personnel but declined medical treatment. Delarosa was taken into custody without incident and he was found to be on active parole. Delarosa was transported to Sierra View Medical Center in Porterville to be medically cleared for pre-existing medical conditions before being booked at the Porterville Substation.
Tuesday, March 6
At 2:01 a.m. in the 100 block of N. Ashland, officers responded to a report of a disturbance in progress. Officers located 40-year-old Paul Michael Olmos of Porterville in front of the apartment yelling at the occupants in violation of a Criminal Protective Order. Olmos took a fighting stance and physically resisted officers’ attempts to subdue him, assaulting them in the process. After a protracted struggle, Olmos was placed under arrest and transported to the police department for processing. He demanded to be transported to the hospital, and was taken to Sierra View Medical Center where he then refused to allow medical staff to treat him, and then claimed he wanted to kill himself. Olmos was discharged and transported to the Adult Pre-Trial Facility in Visalia.