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STEVE HARVEY

A Fool and His 'Borrowed' Vehicle Are Soon Parted--by Police

March 28, 2000|STEVE HARVEY

Hollywood Boulevard is no stranger to strange sights, but L.A. police couldn't help but be suspicious when they saw a man driving down the fabled rue at 3:30 a.m.--in a yellow forklift. The man confessed he had taken it from a nearby construction site.

"He said he was on his way back from seeing a buddy," Deputy Dist. Atty. Mark Vezzani said.

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IT MUST BE GOING AROUND: A rival for dumb-criminal honors was the Berkeley man whose car broke down Wednesday north of Ventura, inspiring him to steal a Caltrans truck, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The Caltrans truck had been parked nearby, with the keys in the ignition. A CHP officer said the man claimed he "borrowed" the truck to get to L.A.

"I don't know what he was thinking," CHP Officer Dave Webb said. "You can spot an orange Caltrans truck anywhere."

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DUELING SIGNS: Jay Hovdey of Laguna Niguel came upon some parking restrictions that were in dispute (see photo). "I split the difference and parked for 22 1/2 minutes," he said.

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THEY'RE PEOPLE TOO: Smokers often get a bad rap. But one Thousand Oaks billiard parlor, spotted by Randy Epstein of Westlake Village (see photo), at least doesn't consider them loafers.

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NO EXACT CHANGE HERE: In the Santa Clarita Valley edition of The Times, Barry Cook noticed a police log item about a 40-year-old man who was arrested one recent afternoon "for driving naked and drunk through a drive-thru."

At least we know why he didn't order at the counter.

Steve Harvey can be reached at (800) LATIMES, Ext. 77083, by fax at (213) 237-4712, by mail at Metro, L.A. Times, Times Mirror Square, L.A. 90053 and by e-mail at

steve.harvey@latimes.com.

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