By OPEC Staff
A persuasive CDCR parole agent talked a parolee who had fled to India into returning to the United States and surrendering.
Darshan Singh Grewal, age 65, was arrested Wednesday April 10 at Los Angeles International Airport.
He returned after several telephone discussions with PA II Supervisor Patricia Tellez of the California Parolee Apprehension Team (CPAT).
Grewal was convicted of second-degree murder. He was driving while intoxicated and caused a head-on collision. The crash killed a 19-year-old male and caused serious injuries to a 19-year-old female.
Grewal received a life sentence. He had previous DUI convictions.
He was paroled on Nov. 19, 2009, after serving 18 years in prison. He fled to India on or around Sept. 24, 2010.
CPAT agents and San Jose police learned that members of Grewal’s family were living in San Jose. Family members told Grewal that CPAT agents were looking for him.
The parolee called Agent Tellez from India on March 14, 2013, and inquired about possibly surrendering.
Agent Tellez subsequently talked to Grewal several more times by phone.
Agent Tellez told Grewal that the warrant would never go away until he was arrested. She told him if he really wanted to get on with his life he needed to turn himself and so the warrant could be cleared.
Grewal asked if she would be there at the airport if he turned himself in and Agent Tellez said she would be.
Grewal was arrested by CPAT agents at the airport and booked into the Los Angeles County Jail.