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Busy weekend for Mono CHP offiers

Staff Reports

A California man was arrested for transporting marijuana Friday night after he was pulled over in a 2010 Toyota Corolla for a mechanical violation on Highway 395 near Hot Creek Hatchery Road.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the officer smelled fresh marijuana on contacting the driver. He conducted a search of the vehicle and found a large amount of the drug in the trunk, a digital scale and a large amount of cash in a suitcase.

Alpine, Calif., resident Charles Grey Jones, 20, claimed possession of the marijuana and the cash and showed the officer a doctor's recommendation to use the drug legally.

The officer determined that the amount of marijuana in the truck exceeded medical necessity.

Jones was arrested for multiple felony and misdemeanor charges related to controlled substances and booked into the Mono County Main Jail in Bridgeport. A passenger in the vehicle was questioned and released.

■ A Russian national was arrested for driving under the influence on Saturday evening on Highway 395 just north of Topaz Lane.

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According to the CHP, Konstantin S. Zaigralov, 30, allegedly driving a Nissan Altima 80 mph in a 55 mph zone was stopped by a Mono County deputy.

The deputy said Zaigralov was honking his horn and flashing his headlights at a vehicle in front of him before passing at a high rate of speed.

According to the highway patrol, the deputy asked for a CHP officer to respond and conduct a DUI investigation.

A preliminary screening device revealed Zaigralov's blood alcohol content was .14 to .16, nearly twice the legal limit of .08.

Zaigralov was arrested for driving under the influence, his car was towed, he was issued a notice suspending his driving privilege, the Russian Consulate was notified that a Russian citizen had been arrested and he was booked into the Mono County Jail in Bridgeport. Zaigralov's passenger was provided a ride to the Topaz Loge, in Nevada, by the Mono County Sheriff's deputy that had initially made the traffic enforcement stop.

■ A Crowley Lake man was arrested Sunday evening after officers received a report of a possible drunk driver.

California Highway Patrol officers located a Toyota Tundra stopped in the middle of Willow Brook Road.

They contacted Daniel James Maddock, 52, who had a preliminary .32 to .33 blood alcohol content, nearly four times the legal limit. Maddock was booked into Mono County Jail.

Maddock's high blood alcohol content was near levels that most medical professionals agree will result in unconsciousness and death, said CHP Bridgeport Area commander Lt. R. D. Cohan.