Junior Seau Drives SUV Off Cliff

by The Editors on October 18, 2010

JrseauSpeaking of cliffs. . . It appears women aren’t the only ones having trouble with our bluffs. TMZ is reporting this morning that football great Junior Seau drove his Cadillac SUV off a Carlsbadistan cliff moments several hours after being released from a 2 AM domestic violence arrest on Monday, October 18, 2010.

We’re told Seau was arrested in San Diego early this morning — and booked into the Vista Detention Facility around 2:00 AM. . . We’re told the retired NFL superstar sustained injuries in the wreck — cops are on scene. TMZ obtained these photos of Seau’s Cadillac Escalade which landed at the bottom of a cliff several feet from the beach.

It appears he went off the cliff just south of the Hilton Garden Inn on Carlsbad Blvd. Seau was reportedly taken to a local hospital. Of all the stories for us to miss. . . we’ll keep you posted. Special thanks to Carlsbadistan tipsters on this one.


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Big Rig Crash Blocks Morning I-5 Commute

by The Editors on October 8, 2010

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A semi-truck that failed to negotiate the southbound Agua Hedionda Lagoon chicane on Interstate 5 rolled over Friday October 8, 2010 just before 3 AM spilling “small generators and other metal parts across the highway,” according to a story on Sign On San Diego.

Carlsbad Fire and CHP responded to the scene and closed three southbound lanes causing traffic jams South on Historic 101, in both directions on Tamarack, and Garfield.

This is the same spot where a passenger bus and four cars crashed on August 20, 2009. Not a great way to start the weekend.

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Elderly Man Slams Truck Into Carlsbad Home

by The Editors on October 5, 2010

An old man who reportedly “blacked out’ behind the wheel of his Ford truck plowed into a home near Pio Pico and Las Flores Drive this morning, according to a story in on NBC San Diego.

The wreck took place at about 10:15 a.m. near the intsection of Pio Pico and Las Flores Drive. Police said after the crash that an elderly driver blacked out at the wheel before slamming into the home. . . A woman who was home at the time was unhurt. She said the truck crashed into her kids’ bedroom and that she believes they could have been killed if they weren’t at school.

Good thing it was a school day, huh?

[Link: NBC San Diego and North County Times]


Ghost Riding The Whip Ends in Arrest

by The Editors on October 4, 2010

Img 038110 News was on the scene this afternoon in Carlsbadistan after Neil Tillman, 29, was arrested early Monday, October 4, 2010 when the car he was attempted to ghost ride slammed into a parked truck on Juniper Ave. sending a woman to the hospital, according to a story in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

The victim and 31-year-old Melanie Tillman were on top of a rented 2010 Toyota Prius about 4 a.m. that was rolling down Juniper Avenue just east of Garfield Street, police Lt. Paul Mendes said. . . The driver, identified as Tillman’s husband, Neil Tillman, 29, had gotten out of the car and was trying to videotape the event when the car struck a parked truck and the victim was thrown onto the road, Mendes said. . . Officers were notified by neighbors who heard the woman’s screams.

Mr. Tillman was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and his wife Melanie was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication.

[Link: San Diego Union-Tribune]


Car Chase Ends In Carlsbad Crash

by The Editors on September 22, 2010

Two people were injured Wednesday, September 22, 2010, when a car chase ended in a crash on Carlsbad Village Drive near Monroe Street, according to a story on NBC San Diego.

Carlsbad police received calls Wednesday about four people inside a green Honda throwing objects at other cars near the intersection of Aviara Pkwy and Palomar Airport Rd. . . An officer tried to pull over a vehicle matching the description on Interstate-5. The Honda got off on Carlsbad Village Dr. and led police on a three minute pursuit reaching speeds of 70 mph, police said. . . The chase ended when the suspect vehicle collided with two other vehicles at Carlsbad Village Dr. and Monroe St.

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[Link: NBC San Diego]


Woman Dies In Carlsbad Bike Accident

by The Editors on September 22, 2010

Susan Eiko Akana, 50, of Poway was riding her bike with her boyfriend on South Rancho Sante Fe Road on Sunday, September 19, 2010 when, according to a story in the North County Times, she hit a median and then:

. . . swerved into the fast lane on Rancho Santa Fe Road and fell. A northbound Nissan Sentra couldn’t stop in time to avoid hitting her, the medical examiner’s office said. . . The cyclist was trapped beneath the car when police and firefighters arrived, Mendes said. She died at the scene.

Our thoughts are with Akana’s family and friends.

[Link: North County Times]


Oceanside CHP Officers On A Roll

by The Editors on July 9, 2010

Gas Chp295909X001 T352Not sure what’s going on in the Oceanside CHP office, but whatever it is, we we’d like it to pull over and get out of the car with its hands up.

Two weeks ago a San Diego Jury found retired Oceanside CHP officer Abram Anthony Carabajal (pictured right from the San Diego Union-Tribune) guilty of taking a sex bribe after the he reportedly dismissed speeding tickets in exchange for sex with women he’d meet on the road.

Then yesterday we got news that off-duty California Highway Patrol officer Armando Arriaga, 46, was arrested on Wednesday night on suspicion of “drunken driving and assault with a deadly weapon” after he allegedly rammed into his wife’s car after “an argument” according to the North County Times.

According to Mata, Arriaga reportedly rammed his BMW sedan into the back of a PT Cruiser driven by his wife, Melanie Arriaga, 52, in an alley in the 600 block of N. Coast Highway. . . The incident happened just before 7 p.m., Mata said, while the off-duty officer was following his wife from their home in the western part of Oceanside in the wake of an argument. . . Witnesses called police, and officers detained both drivers at the scene when they arrived, Mata said.

Arriaga had reportedly been stationed in Oceanside since 1997.

We’re also reminded of Retired CHP Lieutenant Stephen Robert Deck of Carlsbad who was sentenced to a year in jail and five years of probation in March of 2010 for “attempting unlawful sex with a fictitious 13-year-old girl.”

The reason we bring this up is that CHPs from the Oceanside office are the guys who patrol Interstate 5 through Carlsbad. And this is making us very glad we always drive slowly.

[Link: The Coast News, San Diego Union-Tribune, and North County Times]

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Allegedly Coked Up Man Rolls Range Rover

by The Editors on July 9, 2010

Thomas MacMillian, 26, reportedly got all coked up this morning (July 9, 2010), freaked out, and drove a Range Rover out through the closed garage door of a home in the 2700 block of Vista Del Oro. After swerving through Carlsbad for a few minutes MacMillian flipped the car at the corner of Alga and Alicante, according to a story on San Diego 6.

MacMillan was partially ejected in the rollover crash and was lying unconscious when officers arrived, but then got up and ran into traffic, according to the lieutenant. Officers quickly caught up to MacMillan and arrested him on suspicion of driving under the influence.

MacMillian was hospitalized, but luckily no one else was injured. Strangely, this all happened only a few blocks away from where a 50-year-old man was arrested by Carlsbad SWAT team Thursday morning for shouting threats.

Maybe the City should be really be investigating a different kind of “cluster” altogether.

[Link: San Diego 6]


Coyote Bar Patron Killed By Freight Train

by The Editors on May 19, 2010

A 51-year-old woman who had been at the Coyote Bar earlier in the night was struck and killed by a freight train Tuesday May 18, 2010 around 10:30 PM, according to a story in the San Jose Mercury News.

San Diego County sheriff’s Sgt. Thomas Yancey says the woman had been jumping on and off the tracks moments before the train struck at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday near Grand Avenue. Red lights were flashing and the crossing arm was lowered. . . Investigators say the woman had earlier been arguing with someone in the nearby Coyote’s bar.

The name of the woman, who was from Washington State according to, has not yet been released by the Sheriff’s office.

[Update: The North County Times has reported that the woman who died was Mary Agnes Cole of Oceanside, California. Not of Washington State as originally reported.]

[Link: San Jose Mercury News and]


Carlsbad Woman Killed In Corvette Crash

by The Editors on May 8, 2010

Vette6Cal State Northridge senior Danielle Wolf, 22, of Carlsbad died early Thursday morning (May 6, 2010) in what the LA Times described as a “grisly Corvette crash” in Van Nuys, California. The wreck also claimed the lives of three other passengers including the driver Kristin Norris, 22.

The yellow 2007 Chevy Corvette was traveling at high speeds when it hit a guard rail on Roscoe Boulevard shortly after midnight, said Officer Gregory Baek of the Los Angeles Police Department. The car skidded several hundred feet, crossed some railway tracks and came to rest upside down, he said. . . The bodies of two men and a woman were found scattered around the car, he said. It was not immediately clear whether they were passengers or pedestrians. . . . A fourth body, found pinned inside the vehicle, was believed to be that of the driver, Baek said. He could not say whether it was a man or a woman.

Southern California Public Radio says the names of those who died in the crash were released on Friday May 7, 2010. According to the Cal State Northridge Daily Sundial Wolf’s parents issued the following statement:

“Our daughter, Danielle Wolf, loved her college years at CSUN, especially the time she spent in her sorority Alpha Phi, the friends she made, and the memories that she’ll always have with her. We know that Danielle cherished each and every one of her CSUN friends and we thank you for supporting her during her college experience. . . “Our hearts go out to the families and friends of the other victims involved in this tragedy, and we will continue to support each other through this time of mutual loss. . . . We appreciate all the love, prayers and support that we’ve received from the CSUN community and Danielle’s surviving friends and we thank you for keeping our family in your thoughts and prayers.”

Our thoughts are with the Wolf family.

[Links:, LA Times, Southern California Public Radio, and Daily Sundial]