April 17 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports:

About 9 p.m. April 4 an officer on patrol in the area of 13th and Main Streets observed a car drag racing another vehicle on Main Street.

The officer began following the car but the driver continued to accelerate, making sharp turns and running stop lights and signs, forcing other vehicles off the road.

The officer pursued the car into north Clovis but the pursuit was called off by a supervisor when speeds exceeded 80 mph.

The officer, who recognized the car, found it parked in a driveway in the 300 block of 12th Street a few hours later and took the owner and his girlfriend in for questioning.

The 21-year-old owner of the car said he had been with his girlfriend all night and didn’t know what the officer was talking about. But his girlfriend told officers she had been in the car during the pursuit and recounted specific details of what happened.

The officer noted intent to obtain a warrant for the man’s arrest.


About 7 p.m. April 4 an officer responded to the hospital in the 2100 block of Martin Luther King Boulevard for a battery report.

A woman being treated at the emergency room for a minor bump on the head told the officers she and her husband had been arguing at home and after she slapped him and pushed him, he pushed her and she fell into the railing on her bed, knocking her unconscious.

The man told officers the same story and said he thought his wife was faking when she fell on the floor so he picked her up and put her on the bed and in a few minutes she woke crying, asking to go to the hospital and called an ambulance.

The officer noted intent to obtain warrants for both of their arrests.


About midnight April 5 an officer patrolling Prince Street was flagged down by a male who said he had been threatened with a knife.

The man said he was asleep on the couch and his roommate woke him by putting a knife to his throat and yelling at him about the rent.

The officer returned with the man to the residence where he found the knife he described in the suspect’s bedroom.

The suspect was advised the district attorney’s office would be contacted regarding the incident and he said he would be moving out.

The roommate who said he was attacked stayed elsewhere with a friend for the night.


About 11 p.m. April 7 an officer responded to a residence in the 800 block of Calhoun for a battery report.

A 21-year-old man said he was arguing with his 18-year-old girlfriend and she got on top of him and started punching him in the eye.

The officer noted he had a black swollen eye.

The girlfriend admitted she hit him in the eye because he punched the wall and she got angry.

The woman was arrested for battery on a household member.


Police blotter is compiled by CNJ staff writer Sharna Johnson. She can be contacted at 763-6991 or: e-mail to: sharna_johnson@link.freedom.com