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Police: Driver in rollover pretended to be home asleep at time of crash

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Posted: Tuesday, May 8, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:12 am, Tue May 8, 2012.

A man who rolled his vehicle over in his neighbor’s front yard tried to evade police early Monday morning by pretending he had been asleep at home during the incident, police said.

Lodi police officers arrived at the 300 block of North Loma Street before sunrise Monday to respond to a call that a man had lost control of his car and overturned it in the front yard of a home.

When police arrived, however, there was no driver inside the car.

Witnesses said they saw a Hispanic adult male fleeing the scene shortly after the car crashed, according to Lodi police.

After discovering that the vehicle was registered to a home on Collette Street, just one street behind North Loma Street, police went to the residence to speak with the vehicle’s owner, 26-year-old Lodi resident Eduardo Sandoval.

Sandoval, however, answered the door sleepy-eyed, police said.

According to Lodi police, Sandoval pretended to have been asleep at home during the time when his car crashed and rolled over in his neighbor’s yard.

However, witnesses identified Sandoval as the man who had fled the scene. After further investigation, police said, they discovered that Sandoval had indeed run to his home on the 1800 block of Collette Street and hopped into bed, feigning sleep.

Sandoval, a parolee, was arrested for driving under the influence and for a hit-and-run, among other charges.

He is currently booked in the Lodi jail.

Contact reporter Katie Nelson at katien@lodinews.com.

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