Nitrous oxide found in crash

Dennis Mahan

CSUN Police have identified the two men who were arrested Friday after crashing through a fence around the Golf Field in a Chrystler 300 on Zelzah Avenue and Plummer Street.

The driver, 20-year-old Flavio Bejar-Gonzalez, is charged with driving without a license and possession of nitrous oxide. The passenger, Edgar Bejar, 18, is charged with obstructing a police officer and possession of nitrous oxide. They are not CSUN students.

According to an e-mail from Christina Villalobos, special assistant to the Chief of Police, Bejar-Gonzalez told police that he lost consciousness while driving after he and the passenger were inhaling nitrous oxide, causing him to crash through a cylindrical barrier and then through the fence.

After the accident, which occurred just before 3 p.m., Derek Hanks, assistant coach of the women’s soccer team, said he witnessed the passenger, Bejar, running from the scene with what looked like a big tank. He ran toward Zelzah Avenue and appeared to go north before returning to the Golf Field after police had arrived, Hanks said.

Two CSUN police officers searched the brush by the tennis courts along Zelzah next to Northridge Academy High School as school was being dismissed and dozens of students looked on. One officer returned to the scene with a blue canister and put it in the trunk of a police car.