(Fresno, CA - 12:46 PM Suspicious Person) Southwest Policing District - Officer Joey Perez grew up in the small town of Reedly, no drugs or gangs - a good, small community. His dad was a cop and taught him moral character which no one teaches people that in this town and that is the problem. He spots a woman walking who headed the other way when she saw him coming. He asks if she has anything. Barbara is a fat, heavy white woman who says just a compact, then a lighter, makeup and cigarettes. Then she admits she has 2 crack pipes, but they are his, not hers. A train comes right by them and she starts bawling like a baby, doesn't want to go to jail and admits she smoked crack an hour ago. She freaks out, because cops make her nervous. Then she tries to run and Joey jumps on her. He threatens to taser her if she doesn't behave so she stops and is cuffed. A big chunk of crack fell out of her compact when she threw it. They also find dope she threw. Then she won't tell her name, she didn't resist, is 17 years old, pregnant and wants to see Sgt. Pat Jackson. Pat says she doesn't look pregnant. She says she hasn't had her period in 4 months, but no doctor confirmed it. She doesn't care about the kid, wants to die, hug herself, is 17 weeks pregnant and her arm and leg hurts. Pat says they have had contact with her before and she is always combative and sarcastic. When they pick up her crack pipe a cockroach leg falls out. Pierce County WA - Lakewood (10:47 PM Vehicle Crash) Officer Joe Kolp says it's a business area, few taverns, really busy, bars are full. A car went through the back of a 7-11 into the office. Vivian the fat Mexican woman who owns the car says she was in the club and doesn't know what happened. The witness said the car sped through the lot, hit a man and then crashed. They say it was a female driver, but didn't see her. He was hit hard enough to flip through the air, they drove away so they went in and told the store-owner. They admit after they are told they could be held for obstruction if the Mexican woman was driving. Officer Rodger Leach questions her. Vivian cries and won't admit she was driving, then finally admits she drove the car and hit her boyfriend who left. She wasn't drinking. He jumped out of the car when they were arguing. She put the car in reverse and hit him by hitting the gas by mistake. She was scared, has two kids at home and is arrested for obstruction by lying at first and now is in a heap of trouble. San Bernardino County CA - Rancho Cucamonga PD. Deputy Joe Braaten has been with Sheriff's Dept for over 6 years and wanted a career that was challenging and different every day. Other jobs didn't do it for him. He did a couple ride alongs with buddies and liked it. (12:32 AM Traffic Stop) He pulls over a car that has month old expired tags. Angela the driver says it's in the mail and has a pot pipe right in plain sight. He asks her how much weed she smoked tonight. She says none. He says she is lying. She says she doesn't have any pot in the car and wasn't smoking it. He checks her eyes and she's stoned. The pipe is next to a bag of cookies and there is a meth pipe too. She says there is nothing else that she knows off. He keeps looking and finds a speed straw. Deputy Scott Gould backs him up. She admits to him she used it a few hours ago. It was her first time in a while. He arrests her to wake her up since she has no previous arrests, no job and still lives at home. He tells her this stuff will destroy her and she seems like a nice person. She cries.
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