A wake-up call with a pumpkin
“Like some wines, our love could neither mature nor travel.”
– Graham Greene
Maturity and travel were both issues in an early morning event March 2, that awoke a Hayes Street resident who found a pumpkin from his front porch lying in the shattered pieces of his front window.
The victim of the pumpkin attack told police he is a farmer and rises early, so when he got a late-night call from his girlfriend, who lives in Napa, imploring him to come see her, he said he couldn’t and went back to sleep. He was awakened again around 3 a.m. by the sound of breaking glass. When he got to the front door, he saw his girlfriend outside screaming at him and went out to calm her down.
When he tried to hold her arms to restrain her, the two fell down the front steps in a tangle and, according to the police report, she tried to bite him while slamming his head into the ground.
She then got into a black Jeep, police reported, and raced around the neighborhood, finally exiting Hayes Street onto Fifth Street West where a police car spotted her as she raced south at 70 miles per hour in a 35 zone. She drove through the red light at Leveroni Road, careened eastbound toward Broadway until the officer flashed his red lights and pulled her over.
The 19-year-old girlfriend failed a field sobriety test, registered a .154 on the portable breath test, and requested a blood draw to verify her blood alcohol level.
The 26-year-old boyfriend, meanwhile, who said they had been dating for a year, was reduced to tears and a state of near shock, according to the police report.
The girlfriend was charged with misdemeanor domestic violence, vandalism and DUI. She was booked into the county jail.
In other incidents reported recently to Valley law enforcement:
Wednesday, Feb. 27:
6:55 a.m. – It only works if it’s locked. Sometime overnight, someone cut the phone line alerting the security company, pried open a side door and took an undetermined amount of cash from an unlocked safe at the Kenwood Gas Station in the 8000 block of Highway 12 in Kenwood. The thief also took small items and boxes of cigarettes.
7:19 p.m. – Make a mess, steal some meds. A resident in the 15000 block of Brookview Drive reported that when she arrived home from work, she noticed that someone had removed the back sliding door and gained entry into her house. Whoever it was, ransacked the place, opening almost every drawer in the house. But the only thing missing was some prescription medication.
Saturday, March 2:
1:47 a.m. – Window smasher at large. Deputies responded to two incidents in the 800 block of Walnut Avenue where windows were smashed. In the first incident, a victim told deputies someone threw a rock through a window in his vehicle. In the second, a neighbor reported that someone tossed a rock through his son’s bedroom window. The second victim also told deputies that someone smashed a window in his vehicle two weeks earlier.
8:55 p.m. – A shot in the dark. A couple sitting in a car in the 900 block of Madrone Road, reported someone fired a shot at their car. The couple told deputies that they were parked and saw two men walking toward their car. One of the men raised his arm and then the couple saw the flash of a gunshot, with the bullet hitting the hood. The driver quickly started the car and the couple drove away. When they saw the car start, the two men on foot took off too. The victims didn’t recognize the suspects and have no gang ties.