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Police Blotter 4/7

About 2 p.m. Thursday, police received a be-on-the-lookout order for a blue GMC Sierra pickup. Officers noticed the truck and the driver passing the Magistrate Court building. After being stopped, the man told police that he was drunk and he failed field sobriety tests.

However, when the man was taken to the county jail for breath alcohol tests, the tests detected no evidence of intoxication. After further tests, officers determined he was not under the influence of alcohol.

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Officers responded about 3:20 p.m. Thursday to the 1400 block of Kingston where a 6-year-old boy was pinned between a car and a garage wall.

An 81-year-old Clovis woman said she had pulled into the driveway and put her foot on the brake while her three grandchildren got out of the car. She then saw a pen on the car floor, bent down to pick it up, and released her foot from the brake causing the car to roll forward and pin one of the children against the garage.

The boy was transported to Plains Regional Medical Center and later taken via air ambulance to Lubbock for internal bleeding.

Officers photographed the scene for evidence but did not issue citations.

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A 1993 Chevy sustained heavy damage in a crash about 2:30 p.m. Friday with a 1990 Pontiac at the corner of Mitchell and Eighth streets.

The Pontiac driver said she was southbound on Mitchell preparing to turn east on Eighth when she looked in the rearview mirror, saw the Chevy approaching at a high rate of speed, and tried to accelerate but was still hit from behind. The Pontiac sustained moderate damage. The Chevy driver said he didn’t see the Pontiac stop, had applied his brakes, but still skidded into the rear of the Pontiac.

Police cited the Chevy driver for careless driving.

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Police dispatchers issued a be-on-the-lookout order about 11 a.m. Saturday for a man wearing a cowboy hat in a silver Pontiac, with a gun. An officer found the vehicle near Manana and Thornton, stopped the car, and confiscated a .22-caliber revolver.

The man said he was carrying the gun because a man had threatened him previously. Police did not arrest him at the scene but took statements for review by the district attorney.

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Police noticed a pickup driving about 10 mph over the speed limit on Grand Street just east of Martin Luther King Boulevard about 11:30 a.m. Saturday, stopped the vehicle, and noticed an open can of beer, a shotgun, and several shells and empty shell casings inside the vehicle. The driver admitted to drinking several beers and was arrested for driving while intoxicated.

Officers arrested him for fifth-offense driving while intoxicated as well as a number of firearms violations and was served three arrest warrants for failure to pay fines and failure to comply with probation conditions.

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About 10:40 p.m. Saturday, sheriff’s deputies responded to reports of a drive-by shooting at the 900 block of Adams and shortly afterwards found a van matching the description of the suspect vehicle. A check of the vehicle’s occupants determined they were not involved in the shooting.

A neighbor told police that a white 1990s-model conversion van with a blue stripe had been northbound on Adams at a very slow rate of speed until it stopped in front of a residence and an occupant began firing. Deputies located several spent .45-caliber shell casings on the ground from a semi-automatic pistol. Deputies determined the shooting was likely a random act since the house attacked had no lights on, no vehicles in the driveway, and was vacant at time.

Police Blotter is compiled by CNJ staff writer Darrell Todd Maurina. He can be contacted at 763-6991 or:

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