CHP makes Mammoth Lakes arrest

chp_logo1On Sunday, June 22, 2014, at approximately 2321 hours, two California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers assigned to the Bridgeport Area office were conducting a traffic stop on Château Road, west of the Mammoth Rock & Bowl.  While on the traffic stop the officers observed a Jeep SUV exit the Mammoth Rock & Bowl parking lot at a high rate of speed.  The quick acceleration caused the Jeep to break traction (burn out) and the officers watched as the vehicle skidded into the opposing lane of traffic.

The officers conducted a stop on the Jeep and identified the driver as Mr. Daniel Ledesma, 42, of Mammoth Lakes, California.  As the officers spoke to Mr. Ledesma they noted the odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from within the vehicle.  The officers conducted a driving under the influence investigation during which a preliminary alcohol screening (PAS) device was used.  The PAS device yielded a preliminary blood alcohol content of .195 percent (nearly two and a half times the legal limit of .08 percent).  Mr. Ledesma was arrested for driving under the influence and booked into the Mono County Jail in Bridgeport, California.

 

The driver from the original stop was released with a warning.

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The Aggressive Progressive
The Aggressive Progressive
8 years ago

Crazy how going out and getting plastered drunk is a cultural norm in today’s society, I mean Y’all remember the movie “hangover” that was a hit, people loved it, glorifying the activities of getting wasted, but yet if you consume marijuana you deserve at least a citation from the law?… Read more »

Roy
Roy
8 years ago

The CHP has the legal authority to cite or arrest anywhere in the state of California, it doesn’t matter if its within the city or town limits of any community…You complainers should be happy to see a CHP Officer in the town, that’s just one more patrol car providing law… Read more »

RAM
RAM
8 years ago
Reply to  Roy

To bad they won’t arrest people who crossed our boarder illegally.

Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago
Reply to  Roy

Roy, I don’t think ” happy” is the word I feel when I see the CHP hiding in the bushes drooling to give me a ticket. But I do think you believe that.

Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago

Mammoth is easy pickings for DUI’s. Benett clearly or unclearly forgets the seventies when the law would follow you home or take you home when you had to many. The parking lots are still full every night and the drinking crowds are growing younger. But the parking lots are amazingly… Read more »

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
8 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

Yes, I remember when officers used to take people who had too much to drink to their nearby homes. That’s not an action that says dui is acceptable. BK

sugar magnolia
sugar magnolia
8 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

Hey trouble, that still happens today…within the year, MLPD has delivered overly drunk people (who were not driving) to my house, where they were left with a sober, responsible adult, instead of throwing them in the drunk tank (which I believe is in Bridgeport). I don’t expect them to do… Read more »

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

Trouble….Are you nuts ?……There was a day when LE would give a ride to a person if he were drunk….but not if he was behind the wheel of a vehicle.Can you imagine the lawsuit if a Law Enforcement officer pulled over a DUI driver,but instead of making an arrest,just told… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

Wayne,I am dead serious? you had to be a real ass to the cops to go to jail for DUI in the eighties. Before all our momma boy rules and just say no crap came along.

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

Trouble….Don’t know what town or city you were living in back in the 80’s,but if what your saying is true where you lived,Law Enforcement wasn’t doing their job if they allowed DUI drivers to drive home with a police escort….DUI’s aren’t a Law Enforcement descretion decision….much like if your caught… Read more »

The Aggressive Progressive
The Aggressive Progressive
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

Wayne, if I am not mistaken, we live in the same town (LP), When I was in High School 98-02, a time when a lot of the cops that patrolled LP, lived and had family in LP, There was this one particular cop then that wouldn’t bust high school parties,… Read more »

Eastside Bum
Eastside Bum
8 years ago

I never understood why CHP is allowed to cite for traffic offenses inside the Town of Mammoth Lakes jurisdictions, on town roads. They already patrol Main Street, Highway 203, but this DUI was near the Rock & Bowl on Chateau Road! We already have our own local Police department, isn’t… Read more »

disgruntled citizen
disgruntled citizen
8 years ago
Reply to  Eastside Bum

CHP… Has state juristiction… being an leo myself if im out of my juristiction and i see someone break the law in a way that could possibly endanger the public… im gunna act and stop that person from what they are doing…. If you dont like cops… call a crack… Read more »

The Aggressive Progressive
The Aggressive Progressive
8 years ago

We live in a culture of fear, this new day and age of Law Enforcement reflects that more then any other entity… Why shouldn’t the public speak out when we see a man shot to death when handcuffed, or people who are obviously detained and restrained but the cops continue… Read more »

Dan Watson
Dan Watson
8 years ago
Reply to  Eastside Bum

CHP Officers have peace officer powers throughout the State, as do MLPD officers and Mono County Sheriff’s Deputies. That gives them the legal authority and responsibility to enforce laws in the Town. Their primary responsibility is to patrol the State Highway, but they come in to Town for their dinner… Read more »

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
8 years ago
Reply to  Eastside Bum

Eastside Bum: “But it behooves people to drink responsibly…”

People drink to BECOME irresponsible. The myth of drinking responsibly is a corporate ploy by the “beverage” industry so they can sell more booze.

Fact Checker
Fact Checker
8 years ago

What we really need are more liquor licenses and bars that open at 10am in Mammoth…

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
8 years ago
Reply to  Fact Checker

Fact Checker: Not good enough. 24 hour bars with drive through windows. Lets give the people what they really want.

enoughalready
enoughalready
8 years ago

At approximately 2321 hours, two California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers assigned to the Bridgeport Area were lost in the town of Mammoth Lakes. While asking for directions they observed a Jeep SUV exit the Mammoth Rock & Bowl parking lot at a high rate of speed. Why not patrol the… Read more »

Tom O
Tom O
8 years ago
Reply to  enoughalready

Are CHPs super humans that never eat? Relax, the southern based officers go into TOML to eat, ….and dont forget that highway 203 is a STATE highway.FYI.

sugarmagnolia
sugarmagnolia
8 years ago
Reply to  Tom O

OK, I don’t have a problem with this CHP action, but I can’t ignore your incorrect comments. The officers were from Bridgeport, according to the article…that is not south county. 203 is a state hwy, but rock n bowl is not near the highway. they were on a traffic stop,… Read more »

Tom O
Tom O
8 years ago
Reply to  sugarmagnolia

what I meant they were working in south county..Mammoth/Crowley ect is south county. That is where they were…Bridgeport is their home base. There is a satellite office out by the airport for them to do paperwork/computer work ect..the Bridgeport office covers from Toms Place north. Once again they were probably… Read more »

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago
Reply to  enoughalready

enoughalready….I’m thinking getting an (alleged) drunk driver off the road IS patrolling the highways…but I guess it was in the TOML,where,for some,it seems driving drunk is acceptable behavior….

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

Wayne, I’ve never known law enforcement to think dui is acceptable behavior in Mammoth Lakes. BK

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

Benett…Not at all saying Law Enforcement sees it as acceptable behavior…..but some in the TOML seem to….as indicated in some of the posts below…one in particular,more or less stating ,in a resort town,it “goes with the turf”…and “the dry air” and the “fun loving atmosphere” makes them more thirsty than… Read more »

sugarmagnolia
sugarmagnolia
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

that’s ridiculus wayne, no-one in mammoth encourages or accepts drunk driving. I think they do their best to tolerate drunk idiots, as long as they are a danger to anyone, but not drunk driving.

enoughalready
enoughalready
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

No, Wayne you are wrong about that. I’m glad they nailed that driver. My point being is that the state highways are where they should be patrolling. The TOML has their own force to patrol in their own town. 2 CHP cars patrolling the neighborhoods a mile from the state… Read more »

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
8 years ago
Reply to  enoughalready

See Chief Watson’s comment. If they come to Town for dinner, court duty, or business with MLPD and they see a crime, they will respond. Why are you so upset about that? They do patrol the highways. Benett Kessler

chris carey-flores
chris carey-flores
8 years ago

Will, this arrest was probably entered into the “blotter” and picked up by the reporter (“News Staff”) as news. I seriously doubt that the PD has time to prepare self-congratulatory reports on every arrest it makes. Unfortunately, DUI is a huge problem everywhere and has become ‘news’. Perhaps in an… Read more »

Norm Olson
Norm Olson
8 years ago

Another drunk off the road, dummies! What are you complaining about? Nobody killed or injured,… Not enough gore for you? Sheeessshhhh.

Mark
Mark
8 years ago

Same ol’ news; Mammoth drinking establishments over serve another patron.

sugar magnolia
sugar magnolia
8 years ago
Reply to  Mark

Hmmm, what constitutes ‘over served’? I mean, if you’re driving, over served would be one amount and if you’re not driving, it would be completely something else. I’m not aware of any requirement that bartenders ask if you’re driving. Typically, the ‘stop serving’ criteria has been based on a persons… Read more »

Will S.
Will S.
8 years ago

The local constabulary doth self-promote too much, me thinks.