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Police Log: Hey, Motorists! You Need License To Drive

Notable incidents encountered April 8 to 14.

At least nine motorists were caught driving in Livermore last week without valid licenses. 

And that was a "slow week," according to records. Unlicensed-driver violations typically average a dozen a week. 

In 2011, Livermore police impounded 766 vehicles driven by unlicensed motorists, said Sgt. John Hurd, adding that such drivers are severe safety hazards and involved in the majority of hit-and run accidents. 

"We don't want people who are not supposed to be driving, driving down our roadways," Hurd said. 

Whether their licenses were revoked, suspended, expired or never issued to begin with, unlicensed drivers can be in hot water facing possible citations or arrests, plus having their vehicles impounded.   

"It can be very expensive to have a vehicle impounded for 30 days," Hurd said.

Livermore police do not target the improperly licensed; offenders are discovered after being stopped for traffic infractions, he said.

A new law that went into effect in January 2012 prohibits authorities from impounding vehicles of unlicensed drivers  — albeit sober ones — at DUI checkpoints.

But that only applies to DUI checkpoints, Hurd said.

Motorists who were never issued licenses or whose licenses were revoked or suspended will have their cars impounded for 30 days if stopped on city streets, he said.

Once licensing is straightened out, violators pay a $282 release fee, plus towing-company costs and storage, to regain their vehicles, Hurd said, noting that the fines, while hefty, cover department costs for these offenses.

And despite the dozen or so illegal motorists stopped each week, Hurd estimates that's only a fraction of how many are actually out there. 

"It's serious," he said.

In other police news:  

Saturday, April 14

  • Suspected public-intoxication arrests made: 2 a.m. along 2200 First Street; and of a man, 51, at 4:53 p.m. on 3900 East Avenue.
  • Motorist with marijuana cited at 8 p.m. along 700 East Stanley Boulevard.
  • Assault with criminal threats reported at 8 a.m. on the 1400 block of Portola Meadows Road.
  • Grand theft recorded on the 2400 block of Livorno Court at 12:01 a.m. 

Friday, April 13

  • Battery reported at 5:15 p.m. along 700 East Stanley Boulevard.
  • Car break-ins logged at 11 a.m. along 2000 Arroyo Road and 11:40 a.m. on 1400 Railroad Avenue.
  • Vandalism cited at 7:05 p.m. on 2300 Senger Street.
  • Noise complaint filed at 11 a.m. on the 5000 block of Arroyo Road.
  • Motorist driving on suspended license reported at 11:40 a.m. on Junction Avenue and Walnut Street.
  • Suspected DUI arrests made: 2:06 a.m. on South O and Third streets; and male motorist at 1:44 a.m. on Mines and Patterson Pass roads.
  • Police obstruction/interference reported at 1:41 a.m. on First and South K streets.
  • Vehicle reported stolen at 9:30 p.m. on the 2600 block of Pickfair Lane.
  • Stolen vehicle from another jurisdiction recovered at 9:05 p.m. along 1300 Portola Avenue.

Thursday, April 12

  • Two suspected domestic assaults reported: at 1:58 a.m. along 900 Catalina Drive; and on the 3500 block of Leahy Way at 7:59 a.m., in which a Livermore female, 27, was arrested.
  • Residential burglary logged on the 1000 block of Lexington Way at 10:55 a.m.
  • Shoplifting reported at 6:56 p.m. on 2900 Las Positas Road.
  • Suspected DUI arrests made of a Pleasanton man, 21, at 2:42 a.m. on Bluebell Drive and Las Flores Road, and of a male motorist at 11:18 p.m. on South Vasco Road and East Avenue.
  • Bank-robbery arrests .

Wednesday, April 11

  • Stolen vehicle reported at 5 p.m. along 3500 Las Positas Road.
  • Bench warrant arrest made at 6:30 p.m. on the 600 block of North L Street.
  • Motorist driving on suspended license cited at 9:45 a.m. on First Street and Portola Avenue.
  • Hit-and-run with property damage reported at 12:30 p.m. along 300 Church Street.

Tuesday, April 10

  • Residential burglary reported at 7:50 a.m. along 1800 Bluebell Drive.
  • Theft of motor parts logged at 8:30 a.m. along 2700 Fourth Street.
  • Motorists driving on suspended licenses included: on Fifth and South L streets at 7:20 a.m.; 8 a.m. on East Stanley Boulevard and Wall Street; and at 1 p.m. on Railroad Avenue and South L Street.
  • Bottle bombs reportedly along 700 South O Street at 3:30 p.m.

Monday, April 9

  • Identity theft logged at 9:53 a.m. on the 1300 block of Chateau Common.
  • Motorist driving without a license reported at 8:50 a.m. on Catalina Drive and Holmes Street.
  • Car break-in cited at 10 p.m. along 1600 Marsala Court.
  • Suspected controlled-substance possession arrests: 3:40 a.m. on Bellflower Street and Sunflower Court; and of a Livermore man, 27, 3:30 p.m. on North O and Walnut streets.
  • A Livermore female, 35 was arrested at 9:32 p.m. on the 4600 block of Amy Court for suspected DUI, driving on suspended license, controlled-substance possession and use.
  • A Livermore male, 30, was arrested for alleged possession of drug paraphernalia, 5:10 p.m., on Chestnut Street and North Livermore Avenue.

Sunday, April 8

  • Public intoxication reported at 2:13 a.m. along 2100 First Street.
  • Controlled-substance possession reported at 1:12 a.m. along 10100 Patterson Pass Road.
  • A Livermore man, 36, was arrested for suspected DUI and being under the influence of illegal substances at 8:40 a.m. on the 900 block of Bluebell Drive.
  • A Livermore male, 31, was arrested for suspected controlled-substance use at 9:13 a.m. on North I Street at Railroad Avenue.
  • Motorist driving on suspended license reported at 2:20 a.m. on El Caminito and East Stanley Boulevard.
  • Vandalism cited at 5:30 p.m. along 4600 Lassen Road.
  • Thefts reported at noon from a building on 1800 Portola Avenue, and 8 p.m. from a 1400 Darwin Avenue building.
  • Thefts of motor parts logged at 9 a.m. on 200 Church Street, and at 11 a.m. along 6700 Preston Avenue.
  • Car break-in reported at 8:15 a.m. on 1400 Railroad Avenue.
  • Gang-related gunfire at 1:45 p.m. along Walnut Street.
  • Injury accident on Murrieta Boulevard at 10 p.m.
VC April 17, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Part of the issue with unlicensed drivers could be because the state of California does not allow people without a social security number to obtain a license. FYI: People who are undocumented ALSO need to drive to school, to work and I don't see why they should fall into the category of "sever safety hazards". Yet from this article's police summary, it seems that most of the people cited had a SS# because they were driving with a suspended license. How about providing a drivers license to qualify individuals, regardless of their legal status in the country? I am sure this will decrease the "illegal driving," as posed by this article.
j t April 17, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Driving while distracted ? Pretty vague isnt it ? That could be anything , think about it . It's not illeagal to be distracted if you are driving safely, its all about revinue, reasons to pull someone over and opportunity to issue citations = revinue! Don't give up your freedoms so easily folks .
j t April 17, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Ya lets make things legal so they won't be illeagal , rediculous ! How about obey the law and not distort it to fit agendas
Sue April 17, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Undocumented people ARE illegal. If you haven't figured it out, it's ILLEGAL to drive without a license and duh, wonder why they don't have a social security number - because they cannot prove they're legal, because they are NOT.
Midnight Warrior April 17, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Give individuals guilty of a felony (those not legally in this country) a driver's license? Why not turn them over to INS for deportation instead? Makes more sense to me. People who don't follow the law shouldn't be given special privileges to fit some agenda or other.
Trader Lu April 17, 2012 at 10:27 PM
I was hit last year by an unlicensed driver backing out of her driveway on North P St. She even had small children in her car. I was glad that no one was hurt. These folks have had no lessons or a driving test. I am glad that our police are enforcing our state laws, but what about our federal laws. I think that Livermore is becoming a sanctuary city without a formal resolution from the City Council.
DP April 18, 2012 at 05:07 AM
Or deport people breaking two laws, "illegally" being here and "Illegally" driving. There is fine public transportation if you MUST be here without honoring the system, use that.
Melissa D April 18, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Does anyone know anything about the car that ended up sideways on the grass in front of Applebees on First streeton Saturday the 14th? I was hoping the Patch would have details, but have seen nothing so far.
Damariz April 18, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Wow! Ppl really illegal?! And legal!? But when they do the jobs u wouldnt u guys dnt complain...wow -_- N the country dont seem to complain when they do taxes!?
DP April 18, 2012 at 05:40 PM
There are plenty of legal Americans that will do those jobs and plenty of legal Americans that do them. Before the government stuck them all in camps, agriculture was worked by the Japanese in this state. We could have high school kids do this work, we could even have prisoners on a work detail for lighter sentences. Plenty of alternatives to rewarding lawbreakers. This tax money they are supposedly paying, well guess what, they get all that money back unless these jobs "nobody" wants are secretly paying $35k a year.
Bryon Bruce April 19, 2012 at 12:51 AM
That is lie, that you do not target latinos in cars or trucks. Hey when are you going to follow up on that tip i gave you about who burglarized my container in my driveway $50,000 in tools, contra costa co. sherifs dept. is waiting for your call.
vel April 19, 2012 at 04:29 PM
What a joke! there's way too many people who drive without a license and there cars are impounded, and week later they get a new car and the majority are illegals anyway so all those fines NEVER get. Paid!!! The state should at least give illegally the right to have a license that way they can learn USA rules of the road and keep our freeways safe.
vel April 19, 2012 at 06:46 PM
And to some of the people commenting on here...wow it's funny how you have a problem with illegals but sure LOVE their FOODS AND THEIR MEN! Lol
D.C. April 19, 2012 at 07:13 PM
The "unlicensed" know they need them. They just don't care. They come across the border, use social services using stolen identities, use our hospitals like ATMs, and drive horribly. There are illegals that don't abuse the system and are actually contributing, but nowhere near as many as should be, compared to other cultures. And occasionally they decide to start shooting at people in broad daylight, as happened on Walnut street. Why, again, do we need to just give amnesty to these folks? I got distracted somewhere between the gunshots and kids playing outside.

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