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.

censored messenger December 05, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Another candidate for tent prison in the desert. I'd say a 5 year sentence at hard labor will dry him up and perhaps he will learn a trade. We need to build temporary tent prisons in the desert and have the inmates build a permanent prison one brick at a time, with no unions. Take the garbage to the desert
Roberto December 05, 2012 at 12:28 AM
50,000.00 dollars a year to lock up a obviously disturbed individual. I could go on about mental health, drug treatment but in Rail Road County the answer is simple. Lock everyone up and raise taxes to hire even more wonderful people who deserve union givernment cradle to grave jobs. He belongs in a mental institution, get a clue
Badangel December 05, 2012 at 01:25 AM
I'm sure he was supposed to seek help for his problem.....lock him up! How many times does he have to be busted, before he kills some body due to his violent acts when he's under the influince of way stupid....Why should we have the added burden of trying to fix stupid ?
Reverend Smith December 05, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Why endanger mental patients by throwing an obviously violent individual in with them. Solve two disposal problems with one solution. Dump our trash 100 miles off the coast. Then, when we have a sizable island, dump all this kind of individual onto the island and let them all solve their problems their own way. And it will solve our disposal problems too.
Sew Good December 05, 2012 at 02:12 AM
@ Reverend Smith That's how we got Australia! This is one to watch. The system will fail him. The courts will just keep throwing him back out on the streets with a slap on the wrist. He will not seek the help he needs. His family is likely enabling him without even knowing it. The mental health field will be ineffective and fail him, too. He's on a downward spiral and it's very sad.
Reverend Smith December 05, 2012 at 02:40 AM
I don't believe anyone completely recovers from drug addiction. Much of the damage is permanent. Addicts just need to decide whether to stop the damage now or go through a painful withdrawal period and deal with the permanent effects as best they can. Society should help the latter, not the former. For the former, there's garbage island. And with the case of Australia. Once again, Britain inflicted their criminals upon an undeserving indigenous population - the Aborigines. But many of Britain's criminals weren't violent. They were debtors, bread thieves, etc. - the product of a corrupt system of rule.
Roberto December 05, 2012 at 05:12 AM
So true sew good, The system is broke. You might want to ask the native americans about whom from Britan is the most corrupt. We need a place for 5150's and a place for criminals with the intention of rehabilitating them before send them back to the streets. The taxpayers simply cannot afford all these vexing litigants or anymore givernment growth. Close to 50,000 a year just to sit in a cell protected by a guard making 100,000 plus a year makes no sense.
sara December 05, 2012 at 09:47 AM
well to all u people who dont know him, u all can put ur money where ur mouth is..... i was at his house one day when the pigs(cops) came there an they instantly started man handling john using such brutal force when he wasnt resisting the officers at all. an they pretty much beat the shit out of him for nothing. i'm sorry but the cops around here think their such big shoots just cuz they have a fuckin badge, but dont cum crying when they do this same thing to sum one u know or love, cuz trust me they will. the cops r always gun trigger happy an jump the gun to fuck sum one up. i wish cops could get a taste of their own medicine, then i think they might change, but doubt it at all. anyways the system fails alot of people unless u got money to throw around then u get the actual help u need.
Ryan Filar December 05, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Why do you always want to ruin the desert??? Put the prison near the beach!!
Marshall December 05, 2012 at 02:58 PM
The system failed to teach you some of that fancy book learning....
THE REAL Anita Drink December 05, 2012 at 03:56 PM
sara, may I suggest you buy this book: "I Judge You When You Use Poor Grammar: A Collection of Egregious Errors, Disconcerting Bloopers, and Other Linguistic Slip-Ups" Available on Amazon.com
Sew Good December 05, 2012 at 03:58 PM
I haven't heard the cops called "pigs" since the 60s. It's about that long ago since I felt that way about them. When you become a law abiding citizen, it's funny how your perspective changes, you don't look at them as "trigger happy an jump the gun to f* sum one up". Actually, when you're law abiding and you see cops cleaning up like that, you quietly applaud.
DB December 05, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Sara, I am guessing if you are friends with him you are similar to his 20 something age.......Were you paying attention in school? You seemed to have missed your education. Particularly spelling and grammar. At any rate, perhaps a few years locked up might sober the guy up, but i doubt it, so in the mean time, get him away from society and people so he cannot harm anyone........perhaps a cage in the desert since previous stints in jail have not helped.....perhaps one of his friends can talk him into doing his family and loved ones a favor and put a bullet in his own head now……..perhaps if he does not want to be beat up by the police, he should not do things to attract them? Wow imagine that, responsibility at 24......I suppose it's the system’s fault that he is an ADULT moron that cannot do the right thing and has to act like an idiot to get his name in the paper.....
Marshall December 05, 2012 at 04:26 PM
@sew good..so true, sometimes as a law abiding productive member of society you wish the cops could "jump the gun to f" some of these degenerates.
dick weed December 05, 2012 at 04:30 PM
just about all of u people are living in a dream world, there is very little help out there unless u do have money, cops are not pigs anymore, to day they are like SS thugs and only a few that do there jobs like they should, i say maybe one good cop out of 6 and thats being nice, new breed of cops hahahaha, and anita who cares about if grammar is correct or not, its all bullshit anyways, i use patch for a good laugh, ur all nuts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
THE REAL Anita Drink December 05, 2012 at 05:16 PM
dick, you need to read that book as well! Grammar is not b*llshit. I am, however, very impressed that you spelled 'grammar' correctly.
Becky Honkington December 05, 2012 at 05:21 PM
As a manager who has interviewed and hired hundreds of people througout the years, I would not even grant an interview to someone who writes as poorly as Dick Weed and Sara. That's sad because the job pays 42K a year and there is no education requirement. Grammar and spelling ARE important in the real world, kids.
dick weed December 06, 2012 at 02:09 PM
lmao Becky u don't get it ether !!! and never will i guess, its a stupid web sight reply what ever and i use it for the entertainment and reading crap like u and that other moron worry's about spelling and grammar when it should be about the story and news, and just so un know i make more than that in a year hahaha rest my case u dumb bitches
Old Gringo December 07, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Sara it would be nice if you could learn proper English---and how to spell. It would enable others to understand whatever it is you are endeavoring to convey. And please try to have no dealings with law enforcement, (your pigs). We certainly wouldn't want for you to be injured for resisting arrest, profanity towards a LEO or otherwise put yourself in jeopardy of being assaulted, or shot, by your "pigs". With a mouth such as your's there is no telling what may come forth so be careful when opening it.
Old Gringo December 07, 2012 at 11:59 PM
You are aptly named living in your own "little dream world" and apparently devoid of any societal attributes.
Old Gringo December 08, 2012 at 12:12 AM
And how do you "make more than that"? Selling drugs? From your name I would surmise that may be how you do it. You appear to be a real "piece of cake". I am very pleased to not know you personally and certainly not have you in my circle of acquaintances.
Old Gringo December 08, 2012 at 12:15 AM
You are as pitiful as the other dregs of society.
dick weed December 08, 2012 at 01:13 PM
well here we go again, no i do not nor ever have sold drugs, its called a skilled trade in demand that i have been doing for a very long time and am good at what i do, ur right there with the dumb bitches, u people are truly amazing and as f-cked up as most of the society today, u must of voted for obama hahahaha
Old Gringo December 08, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Well at least we know that your "skilled trade" doesn't require spelling or grammatical skills don't we? And it must please you to no end that you are allowed to substitute adjectives for the profane and filthy. Oh well, I am aware it takes all kinds to inhabit the universe even though they may muddy-up the landscape.
MelBen December 09, 2012 at 08:43 AM
I think its kind of sad that the comments on here focus on putting the other persons comment down, as if your English and Grammar skills. are perfect. I do have to agree that it is hard to take anyone seriously who doesnt take their language and communication skills seriously enough to at least use proper English when you are writing your opinion for the world to see. But,... on the other hand.... Hey OLD stick in the muds, dont U recognize todays texting shorthand?
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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