Valley Police Beat: Suspect runs into pole with bike


A 46-year-old man was arrested after allegedly stealing a bicycle from Wal-Mart and running into a pole Tuesday afternoon.

The suspect, who when arrested was allegedly also in possession of illegal drugs, left the store through the middle entrance around 3 p.m., according to El Centro police call logs.

Shortly after, the man crashed into a pole, left the bicycle and attempted to flee on foot.

The man, described as wearing a black jacket and black pants, ran toward trees near Costco and the old Wal-Mart, according to the logs.

Near Imperial and Scott avenues the suspect reportedly tried to dump the illegal drugs he had on him, according to the logs, before he was arrested.

The suspect, who wasn’t identified in the logs, was booked into county jail.

— Alejandro Davila,

Father, son throw drugs into prison

CALIPATRIA — A father and son were arrested early Wednesday after reportedly throwing a bag with drugs, drug paraphernalia and cell phones over a fence into a minimum security housing area of Calipatria State Prison, according to a prison official.

Around 1 a.m., prison staff saw a man throw the bag over the 10-foot high barbed-wire fence and tracked him back to his vehicle, Calipatria Prison Lt. Jorge Santana said.

The bag had 13 grams of suspected heroin, 10 syringes, 18 grams of suspected methamphetamine, 94.3 grams of suspected marijuana, 10 packages of rolling papers, 839 grams of tobacco and eight cellphones. Phones are sold for $500 to $1,200 within prisons, Santana explained.

Frank Montanez and his son of the same name of La Puente were then arrested with assistance from local law enforcement and are facing felony charges.

An inmate came out of his dorm to collect the bag before running back into the dorm. Prison staff followed him, seized the contraband and took him into custody.

As a result of the incident, inmates Steven G. Terrill, 31, of Orange County, and Christopher Dwillis, 38, of San Benito were placed in the administrative segregation unit. Terrill was serving two years for identity theft while Dwillis was serving one year for disregard for safety.

Both had dates to be released in 2013 but now will be held pending new charges. The investigation is ongoing.

The area of the prison where the drugs were thrown into is referred to as the Minimum Support Facility where inmates are incarcerated for non-violent, non-sex-related crimes.

— Chelcey Adami,


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