Crime BriefsHoliday checkpoint
Local police will be holding a DUI checkpoint in Mountain View on the Saturday before the New Year.
Beginning at 10 p.m. on Dec. 29, uniformed Mountain View police officers will be checking for drivers who appear to be driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol at an unspecified location.
"The purpose of the checkpoint is to promote public safety; increase awareness of the dangers associated with drinking and driving, and serves as a deterrent to potential impaired driving," according to an MVPD press release.
The operation is being conducted in partnership with the California Office of Traffic Safety, which provided a grant to pay for the checkpoint, the release said.
A wallet was stolen from an apartment in the 100 block of Calderon Avenue on Dec. 17, police said.
According to a public information officer with the Mountain View Police Department an unknown subject entered the apartment at 151 Calderon Ave. and left with a wallet. There was no sign of forced entry and the victim living in the apartment claimed it was locked.
The burglary occurred sometime between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Law enforcement officials in Santa Clara County arrested more people on drunken-driving charges last week compared to the same period during last year's holiday crackdown, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office on Dec. 21.
Personnel from 15 agencies within the county arrested 156 people on misdemeanor DUI charges between Dec. 14 and Thursday, compared to 146 over that week in 2011, sheriff's officials said.
The county's Winter Holiday Anti-DUI crackdown includes routine traffic enforcement officers and extra patrols from a special unit called Avoid the 13 in a maximum enforcement period this holiday weekend, according to the sheriff's office.
For this coming Christmas weekend, police officers will set up special DUI checkpoints in Gilroy and San Jose and deploy extra DUI-saturation patrols in Los Altos, Los Gatos, Mountain View, Morgan Hill, Gilroy, Palo Alto and San Jose.
The California Highway Patrol will use all available officers during a maximum enforcement period for the weekend, starting today at 6 p.m. and ending midnight on Monday.
—Bay City News Service
Pumar in court
Matthew Pumar, the Mountain View driver accused of hitting and killing a man who was waiting for the bus, was scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing on Dec. 27, at 9 a.m., according Duffy Magilligan, the deputy district attorney handling the case.
At press time, individuals familiar with the proceedings said witnesses would take the stand and a judge would decide whether there is enough evidence to proceed to trial.
Pumar, who pleaded not guilty to the felony charge of gross vehicular manslaughter on Sept. 26, is alleged to have been driving recklessly at the time of the accident, according to a Mountain View Police Department report and Deputy District Attorney Duffy Magilligan, the prosecuting attorney.
According to police, on June 21, 2012, the 22-year-old Pumar allegedly sped through a red light, swerved to avoid a truck entering the intersection, lost control of his car and then ran into William Ware, a well-known Mountain View resident who was waiting for a bus in the 1800 block of California Street. Ware was killed by the violent impact of the collision.
Pumar remained on the scene and cooperated with police and investigators. He was arrested on July 10 after the investigation was completed. He immediately posted $100,000 bail and was released.