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Carlsbad coach jailed on drug, crash charges

07/20/2013, 2:54pm PDT
By Pauline Repard

La Costa Canyon High seasonal baseball coach was arrested in Pacific Beach.

— A La Costa Canyon High School seasonal baseball coach was jailed early Thursday on suspicion of hit and run, drug possession and obstructing an officer, San Diego police said Friday.

Police said Jackson Lawrence Chapelone, 29, of Carlsbad, was arrested about 3 a.m. on the Fourth of July at Bayard and Hornblend streets in Pacific Beach.

He remained in jail Friday on charges of hit and run with injury, drug possession, obstruction and trying to dissuade a witness. His bail was set at $105,000.

The injury caused by the crash was considered minor and patrol officers were investigating, police Lt. Andrew Hoffman said. Further details of the incident were not available Friday.

Chapelone has been a temporary employee at La Costa Canyon in Carlsbad as the junior varsity boys’ baseball coach since the 2010-2011 school year, said Torrie Norton, associate superintendent of the San Dieguito Union High School District.

She said she and Superintendent Rick Schmitt had not heard about Chapelone’s arrest. Norton said the state Department of Justice routinely notifies the district if any employee is arrested.

Typically, Norton said, she would meet with any employee who has been arrested and that person would be suspended from work until their court case is complete. She said Chapelone’s coaching job lasts only for each spring season.

Various school websites show that Chapelone played baseball at Cal State San Marcos in 2008, San Diego City College in 2007 and Bonita Vista High School in Chula Vista.

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