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Substance Abuse Leads To Chronic Arrests Of One Lake Elsinore Man

Sgt. Patrick J. Chavez of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department reported that John Bryon Mejia, 24, has a long history of drug abuse problems.

A Lake Elsinore man who has been arrested multiple times over the last 15 months is behind bars again.

John Bryon Mejia, 24, was arrested early Monday in Lakeland Village in the 18000 block of Janisse Lane for allegedly being under the influence of a controlled substance, obstructing/resisting a police officer, vandalism, and a failure to appear – all misdemeanors.

He is being held in lieu of $5,000 bail and he has a court date of Feb. 2013.

Mejia is known as a “frequent flyer” by officials. For example, a few weeks after being convicted on a misdemeanor charge of public intoxication, in September 2011 Mejia was taken into custody at the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station after being picked up at the Janisse Lane location for allegedly being under the influence of illegal drugs. Once at the station, Mejia attempted to flee police and was wrestled to the ground by deputies, according to Sgt. Patrick J. Chavez of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. During the scuffle, Mejia received injuries and had to be transported to a local hospital.

Days following the Sept. 2011 arrest, Chavez reported that the young suspect already had a long history of drug abuse problems and once he was at the hospital he continued to display “combative behavior.”

Mejia was eventually convicted on a charge of being under the influence and a charge of resisting arrest stemming from the Sept. 2011 incident, according to court records. He was sentenced to 36 months probation.

Then in January of this year, Mejia was again arrested near the JP Morgan Chase Bank on Canyon Estates Drive in Lake Elsinore for allegedly being under the influence, resisting arrest, and battery on a police officer.

According to Riverside County Sheriff’s Sgt. Tony Hoxmeier, deputies were called to the scene due to reports of “a man yelling and screaming in front of a business and displaying signs of being under the influence of a narcotic.”

Mejia was again convicted and again sentenced to a 36-month probation, court records show.

Weeks later, in February Mejia was picked up for vandalism and in August was convicted and again sentenced to a 36-month probation period.

This time around, if found guilty Mejia may not find much sympathy from a judge. He owes the court back fines, and if he's convicted he's in violation of his probation.

Melstar December 09, 2012 at 08:46 AM
C if U R able 2 use a CELL phone, without a magnifying glass first. Do U need a decoder ring to decifer it? Its hardly a new phenomena. Evry1 of U self righteous complainers KNOW Uve dropped an F BOMB or 2 in YOR sorry lives B4! Open your coffins up n get some air. So what about trailer talking foul mouths! We wouldnt have any fun picking on the grammatically correct, or those who use polite words most often....! So u find it hard to read the thoughts of rapers of the ENGLISH language!!? Well perfect spelling and grammar arent exactly the measure of education these days, Push a button or 2 I cn looc smrt LIk U!!! What? U guys arent hip to, (I just coined this now, so IM CALLIN IT!!!) Slammer Grammer?
Melstar December 09, 2012 at 08:50 AM
Well their comments DID suck but nobody cares now WHAT your point was, you just sounded like a dumbass and soooo ripe for picking on, If you feel strongly enough to offer an opinion, and share your perspective, why not present yourself with some dignity by using adult language skills. If those ARE your skills, may I suggest honing them? Or spell check. How do expect to be taken seriously? Seriously..... What I think is even sadder is the way this kid is being villified. His sad life has become such a magnet for harrassment and ridicule. It seems his problems are an amusement to some, putting his whole name out on blast , and calling it NEWS seems awfully low. Like bottom feeding and bindle licking ....low.. Is all that gosh golly police work being done, because he is such an easy bust? How noble, how brave. Boys in blue ought to try fighting some real crime. Rather than chasing this kid around so he can resist you.
Melstar December 09, 2012 at 08:51 AM
Who wouldnt? After having his plight become a source of amusement.....being used as a training tool and comedy for new members of team Bully with a badge. The only legal GANG and its ENHANCEMENT is its members GET TO own a real gun and shoot it at U club... Low brow police work, So U Rookies get a couple of arrests the easy way, get your credit, kicks n some laughs with members of your badass boys in blue gang, Roughin a kid up, and he resists? DUH. wouldnt you, if you were singled out for physical and mental pounding by the biggest bullys on the block, who also have legal IMMUNITY? For whatever they do 2U!!!
Melstar December 09, 2012 at 08:51 AM
This is NEWSWORTHY? Really? Sounds like harrassment, bullying, and chickenshit. Did you get inside his head and body to find evidence of the crime? Yeah... not hard to do when you scaring the shit and piss out of him. Beating him up. Pretty lowdown 4 those who should be upholding the higher standard.... I dont suppose hes much of a challenge, OR danger. So the kid is troubled and addicted. I find it troublesome the cops are addicted to fucking with him. Arent there real bad guys? Sometimes they even pose as good guys. No wonder hes a mental wreck. Hes probably paranoid for a good reason, Plz get yer kicks fighting real crime. Earn the respect that uniform deserves... Shame on you WRITER for Publishing it at all !! Some Investigative journalist you must be. ! Ya Fkn LOSER. .! Nail him to a cross why dont you? Maybe you wouldnt recognize an opportunity to save someone. Save a PERSON some agony rather than inflict it with glee, as you heap on more. What a disgrace. The crap story, it is more like a gang targeting an individual, bullying, beating n tormenting, then publicly humiliating him.... and parading the wreckage that is left...of him publicly. Its a tragety, AND a familiar theme. Who is going to make his crown of thorns? Who is bringing the hammer and nails to the party? Who was his friend who sold him out? Is this a sick parallel? Or an outrageous comparison? I hope it provokes more thought, than criticizing me 4 not using spell check does.
Melstar December 09, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Hey OLD GARGOYLE.... what is it your so skilled at? Being a self righteous DICK? Well that would be one of your qualities you have mastered. Being a human being? I think there may be plenty of room for improvement on your part, in that department.... however I will reserve judgement, and merely speculate. Being a "piece of cake" myself.... albeit, one you will never get the pleasure of eating..... its amazing to me that you are so pleased with yourself. Your best friend is likely one of your appendages, and I am sure an Old geezer queezer like you and that hand are WELL ACUAINTED. I dont know anyone here, and I decided to offend all of you who I found to be offensive. Especially those of you, like yourself, who seem to believe you are more enlightened, intelligent, or somehow superior. Sure you are better than everyone else. Not many would even waste their time proving you wrong, not even me. We have one thing I think we can both agree on... Im sure you will agree.....you think so yourself..... "Everyones an asshole, but me." What do you think? Do you have a job? Selling shitty comments, cant pay much, can it? If so, you have a skill and a trade.... maybe you can put your intelligence to better use, and actually help people you look so far down upon. Just a thought..... Im offering you my criticism, to try and help you. Did it? Oh, and p.s. Can you define a "societal attribute?" Sounds like you R just making shit up to try and sound like you know what your talkin about.

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