Danville Express

Community Pulse - October 5, 2007

Cocaine, drinking lead to arrest

Police arrested a 21-year-old man for allegedly being drunk in public, and they also suspect he snorted cocaine, outside a new nightclub in Danville last week, said police Sgt. Troy Craig.

Officer Anthony Maldonado and Sgt. Dan Hoffman caught Travis Tunney of Walnut Creek behaving under the influence in Blend's parking lot on San Ramon Valley Boulevard, at 1:50 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 23. They made contact with him after being informed by a caller that Tunney was acting odd, Craig said. They stopped him to see if he had symptoms of being intoxicated.

Police said the suspect was losing his balance and had a white powdery substance inside his nostril. Tunney combated the officers as they conducted their investigation, reports said. A short struggle ensued but the police subdued and handcuffed him without anyone getting harmed.

Tunney continued to fight as he was taken into custody, attempting to head butt the police and kicking the car window, according to reports. Police interviewed him further, and the suspect admitted to snorting cocaine early in the evening. They took him to Martinez Detention Facility.

"These are serious situations that can escalate into someone getting hurt if they are not handled correctly," Craig said.

-Jordan M. Doronila


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