A day in the life of the Santa Cruz Area CHP office

Unless you have a police scanner or have a friend or relative in law enforcement, it can be difficult to imagine what its like being out on patrol. The following is a day in the life of the Aptos CHP Office from Officer Sarah Jackson, CHP spokesperson. The following events take place from 7 a.m. one recent Thursday to 7 a.m. the following day. The log lists calls for help through CHP dispatch, not necessarily incidents officers happen upon:
  • 7:20 a.m. -- Stolen Honda Accord recovered on Washburn Avenue near Ocean Street in Santa Cruz.
  • 9:03 a.m. -- One person injured in a two-vehicle collision on Highway 17 near La Madrona Drive in Santa Cruz.
  • 10:10 a.m. -- Stolen motor home recovered on San Andreas Road near La Selva.
  • 10:20 a.m. -- One person injured in a two-vehicle collision on Highway 9 near Mountain Street in Boulder Creek.
  • 11:37 a.m. -- Officer assisted a stranded motorist on Highway 1 near Highway 129 in South County.
  • 12:21 p.m. -- Two suspects fled on foot during a traffic stop. Two officers sustained minor injuries during the chase, which was abandoned when one suspect ran across the lanes of Highway 17. An arrest warrant was issued and the vehicle was impounded.
  • 12:37 a.m. -- A pedestrian was escorted off the freeway on Highway 1 near the Pajaro Bridge in Watsonville.
  • 1:21 p.m. -- An altercation broke out during a non-injury collision on Highway 9 in Boulder Creek.
  • 2:28 p.m. -- A kitten was found in the center divide on Highway 17 near Summit Road.
  • 2:30 p.m. -- Solo vehicle, non-injury collision on Highway 1 near Mar Monte Avenue near La Selva.
  • 3:50 p.m. -- One person injured in a three-vehicle collision on Highway 1 at Soquel Drive.
  • 3:57 p.m. -- Goats in roadway on Freedom Boulevard at White Road in the Corralitos area.
  • 4:10 p.m. -- Caller reported a DUI driver on Highway 17 near Summit Road. San Jose CHP officers located and arrested the suspect.
  • 4:18 p.m. -- Traffic control needed for brush fire in Rio Del Mar.
  • 4:28 p.m. -- Solo vehicle, non-injury traffic collision on Soquel Avenue.
  • 5:18 p.m. -- Driver cited for open container of alcohol on Rio Del Mar Boulevard.
  • 6:18 p.m. -- Abandoned trailer stored, reported on Pioneer Road in Watsonville.
  • 6:26 p.m. -- Passenger cited for warrants in traffic stop on East Cliff Drive and Prospect Street in Pleasure Point. Vehicle impounded for driver with a suspended license.
  • 7 p.m. -- Hit-and-run, non-injury collision on Highway 17 near Pasatiempo Drive in Santa Cruz.
  • 7:15 p.m. -- Vehicle impounded after driver found to have suspended license during seat belt enforcement stop on Ocean Street near Ocean Street Extension in Santa Cruz.
  • 7:35 p.m. -- Remove ladder from Highway 1 near Airport Drive in Watsonville.
  • 7:38 p.m. -- Intoxicated bicyclist crashes into patrol vehicle on Brommer Street near 38th Avenue in the Pleasure Point area. Arrested for bicycle DUI and released to a local hospital for treatment of injuries.
  • 7:50 p.m. -- One person injured in two-vehicle collision on Portola Drive near 38th Avenue in Pleasure Point.
  • 8 p.m. -- Man reported walking in the middle of the road on Calabasas at White roads in the Aptos Hills-Larkin Valley area.
  • 8:39 p.m. -- Reckless driver nearly struck a pedestrian and started a confrontation with elderly couple on Green Valley near Paulson road in Watsonville.
  • 8:42 p.m. -- Driver arrested for DUI from traffic stop on 26th Avenue and East Cliff Drive in Pleasure Point.
  • 9 p.m. -- Driver arrested for DUI from traffic stop on 7th Avenue at Eaton Street in Live Oak.
  • 10:30 p.m. -- Driver arrested for DUI from solo vehicle collision on Highway 1 near Buena Vista Drive in Watsonville.
  • 11:15 p.m. -- Driver arrested for DUI from traffic stop on Highway 1 near Buena Vista Drive.
  • 12:15 a.m. -- A Driver arrested for DUI during a Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Deputy stop on 26th Avenue near East Cliff Drive was turned over to the CHP for DUI investigation.
  • 12:31 a.m. -- Officer assisted a stranded motorist on Highway 1 near Freedom Boulevard in Aptos.
  • 12:35 a.m. -- Officer assisted a stranded motorist on Highway 1 near Buena Vista Drive.
  • 2:15 a.m. -- Driver arrested for DUI and warrants from traffic stop on East Zayante Road at Graham Hill Road in Felton.
  • 6:30 a.m. -- Investigate hit-and-run/head-on traffic collision on Thompson Road near Carlton Road east of Watsonville.
  • 6:50 a.m. -- One person injured in solo vehicle collision on Highway 1 near Airport Boulevard in South County.
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