FREMONT -- A jail inmate who police say complained about a dirty mattress was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of vandalism after ripping a hole in the large pad and destroying it.

Marquice McClinton, 26, of Oakland, was picked up by police during a traffic stop at about 1:40 p.m. Tuesday on an outstanding warrant for resisting arrest, then transported to the Fremont Jail, said police spokeswoman Geneva Bosques.

About 5:10 p.m., he began slamming a phone in a jail pod area to get the staff's attention, Bosques said.

McClinton told jail guards that he was dissatisfied with his sleeping accommodations, so in a quest to get transported to the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, he intentionally ripped a mattress, Bosques said.

"He said that the mattress had a small hole to begin with and just started ripping it open," Bosques said Wednesday. "He didn't want to sleep on the outer layer of the mattress because it was dirty."

"We obliged his wish and he was transported to Santa Rita and booked for vandalism," Bosques said.

The mattress, valued at $200, was destroyed, police wrote in their report.

Jail records showed was being held Wednesday at the Santa Rita Jail on $5,000 bond.

Contact Natalie Neysa Alund at 510-293-2469. Follow her at Twitter.com/nataliealund.



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