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BPD Receives $100,000 Grant From Office of Traffic Safety

By Timothy Mably

The Burbank Police Department has received a $100,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety to fund a year-long program intended to prevent road deaths and injuries by enforcing awareness and educating the public.

The grant will contribute to presentations on traffic safety, DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols, bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement, motorcycle safety enforcement, distracted driving enforcement, and seatbelt and child safety seat enforcement.

“This grant supports our mission to continue educating the public through various enforcement campaigns throughout the year in order to reduce the number of injuries and deaths attributed to traffic collisions and unsafe driving habits,” said Chief of Police, Scott LaChasse.

Following a decade long low in 2010, the amount of people killed in car accidents has grown to 17% across the country. In 2015, there was a record total of 3,429 fatalities from traffic related incidents. Almost a quarter of fatalities involved pedestrians and bicyclists.

According to OTS Director Rhonda Craft, unsafe behavior causes about 94% of accidents, whether it is the result of texting or the influence of drugs.

“While alcohol remains the worst offender for DUI crashes, the Burbank Police Department supports the new effort from OTS which aims to drive awareness that ‘DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze,’” said Sgt. Derek Green in a press release. “Prescription medications and marijuana can also be impairing by themselves, or in combination with alcohol, and can result in a DUI arrest.”

This grant comes after an elderly man was struck and killed while crossing the intersection of Glenoaks Boulevard and Lincoln Street at the beginning of the month. A Disney employee was also killed by an inattentive driver while crossing Alameda Avenue and Lincoln in September.

Funding for the program comes from OTS through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

L. A. County District Attorney Files Charges in Disney Employee’s Death

According to a release issued today by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, a 37-year-old Burbank man was charged today with the DUI death of a woman who was walking to her job at the Disney lot at the intersection of Alameda and Lincoln.

Flowers are left by the Disney gate and markings are still on the street where Michelle Ann Landes was tragically killed by a driver last Thursday

Stergios Antonios Economos faces one count each of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence of a drug causing injury. Arraignment was scheduled for today in Department 1 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Burbank Branch.

Deputy District Attorney Elizabeth Padilla-Diaz of the DUI Training and Prosecution Section said case GA101880 includes an allegation that Economos inflicted great bodily injury on two victims.

On Sept. 7, the defendant allegedly ran a red light, running over victim Michelle Ann Landes, 64, at a crosswalk near Alameda Avenue and Lincoln Street, the prosecutor said. Economos’ vehicle then crashed into a car.

The driver of the car was greatly injured. Landes died as a result of her injuries, the prosecutor added.

If convicted as charged, Economos faces a possible maximum sentence of more than 11 years in state prison. Bail is recommended at $1 million.

The case remains under investigation by the Burbank Police Department.

DUI Crash Lands Burbank Woman in Jail

Burbank Police officers were called to the scene of an accident that occurrred around 4:30 in the morning on Saturday at the corner of Bel Aire and Magnolia.

When officers contacted the driver of the vehicle, identified as Cristina Papazian (22) or Burbank, they noticed she displayed symptoms of alcohol intoxication.   A DUI investigation was conducted, which revealed the suspect was over twice the legal limit.

The other vehicle involved in the accident was parked and unoccupied.  No injuries were reported as a result of the accident.  Papazian was transported to the Burbank jail where she was booked for DUI.

Her bail was set at $5,000.00.  She is scheduled to appear in court on April 8, 2015.

March 14, 2015 at 4:30 am

It’s DUI Deja Vu All Over Again For Hit and Run Driver

As they say, those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it and that may just be the case for a man who Burbank police say was arrested at their DUI Checkpoint on Glenoaks two months ago and was again taken into custody for a potential DUI and felony hit and run Tuesday night.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

This picture was taken at a DUI Checkpoint back in December 2014, The Police are pictured issuing a Portable Breathalyzer Test prior to arrest. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Police were called near the intersection of Van Owen and Buena Vista Tuesday night around 10:45 p.m. for a reported traffic accident with injuries and a vehicle into a structure. Upon arrival, they found one car was struck and sitting in the middle of the street with the second vehicle fleeing the scene. The suspect’s vehicle lost its front bumper and license plate a block from the scene after driving up over the curb and striking a brick wall.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

This is the yard the suspect drove through while fleeing the hit and run accident.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The front bumper left behind after striking a wall while fleeing.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The car was impounded again following last nights hit and run.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

This is a picture from the DUI Checkpoint in December where the car was impounded. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

 

 

Police picked up a trail of liquid from the hit and run vehicle but soon lost it a couple of blocks from the accident. Witnesses also gave police a description of the vehicle and driver and it was soon revealed that the same vehicle had been stopped and impounded for a possible DUI at the Burbank police checkpoint held in December at Glenoaks and San Jose.

After searching for the vehicle for about 30 minutes, Burbank’s K-9 unit came across the car at Victory and Tujunga. The witness was transported to the scene who was able to make an identification for the officers who once again placed the man under arrest and once again impounded his Honda.

The DUI Checkpoint in December netted one arrest and impounded one car. Our original story: https://myburbank.com/?p=41270

DUI Checkpoint Coming This Friday in Burbank

The Burbank Police Department will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint on Friday, December 19, 2014, between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. This checkpoint is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The purpose of this operation is to reduce the number of persons killed and seriously injured in alcohol-related traffic collisions and to reduce the amount of property damage caused by impaired drivers. A major focus of these checkpoints is to increase awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and to encourage sober designated drivers.
A DUI checkpoint is a proven, effective method for achieving this goal. By publicizing these enforcement and education efforts, the Burbank Police Department aims to deter motorists from drinking and driving.

Traffic volume and weather permitting, all vehicles may be checked and drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs will be arrested. Our objective is to send a clear message to those who are considering driving a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol and/or drugs – Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest. The public is encouraged to help keep roadways safe by calling 911 if they see a suspected impaired driver.

Driver Hits Parked Cars And Arrested For DUI After Accident Injures One

Burbank Police arrested Roberto Martinez, age 22 and a resident of Thousand Oaks, for a felony charge of DUI after the vehicle Martinez was driving hit two parked cars and sheared off a city light standard on the 4400 block of Victory Blvd. at 12:32 a.m. today, March 24.

BPD police Car Logo-2Martinez’ passenger, a 20-year-old female resident of Sun Valley, was asleep in the back seat of the 2005 Mercury Mariner Martinez was driving and was possibly ejected from the vehicle, according to Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department.

The female passenger sustained a one-inch laceration on the left side of her cheek below her left eye and complained of pain to the left side of her face, added Ryburn. She was transported to the hospital for further evaluation.

When officers arrived at the scene, both occupants were outside of the vehicle. Martinez admitted to officers he fell asleep and hit a parked car, said Ryburn.

Officers noticed signs of possible DUI and Martinez failed to satisfactorly pass a field sobriety test. He was arrested for felony DUI and booked at the Burbank Jail. Because of the injury to his passenger, Martinez’ bail was set at $100,000 and he is due in court Wednesday, March 26.

The Mercury Mariner sustained major front end damage and was impounded. Two other vehicles, a 2002 Toyota Camry and a 2011 Nissan Juke, were hit and both sustained minor front end damage.

 

Burbank Man Arrested For Hit And Run DUI

Burbank Police arrested Gregory Martin, age 45 and a Burbank resident, for hit and run DUI after witnesses provided officers with the license plate of a maroon truck that struck a vehicle at Hollywood Way and Chandler Blvd. and then left the scene. The accident occurred at 7:35 p.m. on March 10 when Martin’s 1998 Ford pickup truck struck a vehicle occupied by a man and a woman.

Officers traced the license plate to Martin and an address on the 200 block of Lincoln Street. When police arrived at the address, they saw the truck parked in the driveway and observed evidence of damage to the front bumper area, according to Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department.

Martin exited the house and made statements to the officers to the effect he had been in the area of Hollywood Way and Chandler and involved in an accident, added Ryburn.

Officers noticed Martin displayed objective symptoms of alcohol intoxication and administered a field sobriety test, which Martin did not pass satisfactorily. Martin was arrested on two misdemeanor charges for DUI and hit and run and booked at the Burbank Jail. His vehicle was impounded and bail set at $25,000.

 

Woman Arrested For DUI Following Felony Hit And Run Of Child

A five-year-old boy was struck by a hit and run driver while crossing the intersection at Fairview St. and Victory Blvd. with his grandmother Monday, February 24, at approximately 1:00 p.m. Officers responded to the call about a child “reported down in the street, bleeding from the mouth,” said Lt. Eduardo Ruiz of the Burbank Police Department.

The child and his grandmother were crossing Victory Blvd. southbound on Fairview, when the suspect’s vehicle entered the intersection heading westbound on Victory and struck the child, according to Ruiz.

“The suspect stopped briefly, failed to render any aid and fled,” Ruiz added. “A witness who was passing through the intersection observed the incident and followed the suspect.”

The suspect fled the scene, continuing westbound on Victory Boulevard. A witness followed the suspect vehicle to the 7-Eleven at Hollywood Way and Victory. Unconfirmed reports say multiple witnesses blocked the suspect’s vehicle from leaving the area.

The injured child was responsive and appeared to have only minor injuries, said Ruiz. The boy was transported to L.A. Children’s Hospital for further evaluation.

Police officers responded to the 7-Eleven and arrested the female driver of the suspect vehicle, Meagan Booth, age 28 and a resident of Lancaster. She was charged with felony DUI and felony hit and run and was booked at the Burbank Jail.

Booth’s bail was set at $100,000. No further information is available at this time, according to police.

Burbank Man Arrested For DUI After Injury Accident

Joseph Valento, Jr., age 41 and a Burbank resident, was arrested on Friday, February 14, for DUI causing bodily injury to another person after an accident in the area of Bethany Road and Glenoaks Blvd. at approximately 6:15 p.m. that evening.

Burbank Police officers in the area at the time observed smoke coming from a vehicle that had just been in an accident. At the scene, officers interviewed both Valento, the driver of a Chevy Silverado, and the driver of the red Subaru Forester SUV.

According to the driver of the Forester, he had been stopped at a red light and was suddenly rear-ended by the driver of the Silverado, said Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department.

The Forester sustained damaged to the rear end of the vehicle and its driver complained of lower back pain. The injured driver told officers he would seek his own medical treatment, added Ryburn.

Valento “failed to satisfactorly pass a field sobriety test,” commented Ryburn.

Valento is the son of retired Burbank Police Captain Joseph Valento, Sr., and brother to Anthony Valento, also a Burbank Police officer who has been on administrative leave after recently pleading not guilty to federal corruption charges.

Valento was charged with violating section 23153 (A) of the California Vehicle Code and was transferred to L.A. County Jail. His bail was set at $100,000.

Impaired Driver Gets Attention of Burbank Police Officer

Wednesday morning around 1:10 am a Burbank Police Officer who was on routine patrol in the vicinity Buena Vista and Magnolia Blvd. was struck by a large pickup truck.

Damage to the front of the striking truck. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Damage to the front of the striking truck. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The driver then failed to stop when the officer activated his lights and siren and he proceeded Southbound Buena Vista until he pulled up over the curb just north of Clark Street . The driver, who failed a field sobriety test, was taken to Providence St. Joseph Medial Center for an additional test prior to being arrested.

The driver had been cited recently by another Burbank Police Officer for DUI.

The damage was minor to both vehicles, and neither sustained injuries that required medical attention at the time.

Burbank Police Officers administer a Field Portable Breath Test, prior to transporting the suspected DUI driver to St. Joseph for a blood test. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police Officers administer a Field Portable Breath Test, prior to transporting the suspected DUI driver to St. Joseph for a blood test. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Detained for DUI and placed in handcuffs, this suspected DUI driver struck the rear of a Burbank Patrol Car and then failed to stop when requested.( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Detained for DUI and placed in handcuffs, this suspected DUI driver struck the rear of a Burbank Patrol Car and then failed to stop when requested.( Photo by Ross A. Benson)