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Distracted Driving Month? These auto thieves didn’t get the message, CHP says

Even people who drive stolen cars have a tough time avoiding the use of cell phones, if an arrest Wednesday in Fresno County is any example.

Two people were taken into custody after an California Highway Patrol officer pulled over a Jeep just after noon at Jensen and Rowell avenues because the driver was using his phone, Sgt. Lenny Sherman said.

April is recognized nationally as Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The CHP and Fresno police have assigned officers to be extra vigilant in spotting drivers using hand-held devices.

Sherman said the officer was giving the driver a short lecture about distracted driving when he noticed the information put into his computer “wasn’t adding up,” and he learned the Jeep had been stolen. He called for backup and the two were taken into custody.

“It would appear even car thieves are driving while distracted,” Sherman said. “[The traffic stop] was kind of a double for us.”

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