Aug 22, 2014
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A Richmond man was arrested in Sonoma County early Wednesday after the California Highway Patrol found him passed out in a stolen vehicle containing mail from nearby homes, a partially consumed 24-pack of beer and a methamphetamine pipe, authorities said.

Officers responded at about 6 a.m. to a report of a blacked-out 1994 Toyota that had been blocking Burnside Road in Sonoma County, south of Sebastopol, according to Bay City News.

The driver, identified as 24-year-old Jovali Orozco, was found passed out behind the wheel and appeared intoxicated, the CHP said. The Toyota had been reported stolen in Richmond a day earlier.

A search of the vehicle turned up several pieces of mail with a variety of names. The mail had come from nearby homes that had been burglarized, CHP said. Also, a tool used to steal the vehicle was reportedly found.

Orozco was booked into Sonoma County Jail on a slew of charges including DUI, vehicle theft, burglary and possession of stolen property, burglary tools and drug paraphernalia, Bay City News reported.


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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.