Danville Express

Community Pulse - August 3, 2007

Oil's well that ends well

Fifty gallons of smelly vegetable oil oozed onto Linda Mesa Avenue in Danville early Monday morning at 4:50 a.m., said police Sgt. Troy Craig.

A man transporting the used vegetable oil from Pete's Brass Rail and Carwash accidentally knocked over a container of oil and used dirt to stop the spill, said Andrea Bancroft, deputy fire marshal at the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District.

"Officers described the smell as horrid," Craig said.

Six firefighters arrived at the scene at 5:28 a.m. with a vehicle containing materials to deal with the hazardous condition on the street. They used absorbent to clean up the spilled oil. Danville Public Works also responded to the incident.

Bancroft said the road was cleared at 7:33 a.m. Craig said there were no injuries or slippage.

He said the man works for a company that regularly gathers used oils and disposes of them properly, similar to a garbage service.

"Like any oils, you don't want to contaminate the water sources coming down streams, fish or wildlife," Craig said.

-Jordan M. Doronila

Four cars injured in Trader Joe's parking lot

An 82-year-old allegedly drunk man driving his 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe in the Trader Joe's parking lot in Danville caused collisions with three cars, said Police Sgt. Phillip Wisotsky.

Norman Robertson of Danville tried parking his car while driving with a blood alcohol level of .09, at the parking lot on Railroad Avenue around 1:46 p.m., Tuesday, July 24. Instead of hitting the brake, he hit the gas and drove forward, hitting one car, which then crashed into another, Wisotsky said.

He also hit another car, propelling it to hit the brick base of a pole. A total of four cars were impacted at the incident, police said. Robertson was arrested on charges of driving under the influence.

He was taken to the police station and released to his wife, Wisotsky said.

-Amory Foreman and Jordan M. Doronila

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