It’s never a good idea to drive without headlights after dark. Among other things, it’s probable cause to be pulled over by the cops.
That’s what happened to a motorist at about 7:30 p.m. on March 13 in the 18700 block of Railroad Avenue. After a deputy pulled the motorist over, the driver resisted and ended up getting Tasered for his troubles. While the man was falling to the ground, something dropped out of his pants – a plastic bag of suspected methamphetamine that weighed about 60 grams.
The suspect didn’t perform well on his field sobriety tests, and was taken to the hospital for a blood test.
The deputy arrested Yeovani Casillas, 19, of El Verano, on charges of felony possession of a controlled substance, driving under the influence of drugs, resisting and driving without a license. He received a chauffeured ride to the county jail.
Wednesday, March 8:
12:10 a.m. – While on patrol, a deputy spotted a vehicle parked in a church parking lot in the 700 block of East Verano. The occupant of the car is a known probationer with search and seizure terms. The suspect failed some field sobriety tests and was found to be in possession of a faux $100 bill. Erik Mayfield, 37, of Sonoma, was arrested on charges of felony making or passing a fictitious check, being under the influence of a controlled substance and two probation violations and was booked into the county jail.
8:26 a.m. – A transient was arrested on felony vandalism charges after he used a shovel to break numerous windows in a shopping mall in the 8900 block of Highway 12 in Kenwood. The estimated damage was $7,600. Raymond Smith, 35, a transient, was arrested on charges of felony vandalism and booked into the county jail.
Friday, March 10
9:31 a.m. – A Sonoma resident reported that he had been scammed out of $1,000 after someone claiming to be with PG&E called and told him he owed the money and if he didn’t pay, his power would be shut off. He was instructed to put the money on a gift card, which he did. When he realized he may have been scammed, it was too late to get his money back.
9:03 p.m. – During a probation search at a residence in the 20000 block of Broadway, a deputy found numerous live rounds of ammunition. As terms of his probation, Rickey Badgley was forbidden to possess ammunition. The 64-year-old Badgley was arrested on charges of felony prohibited person possessing ammunition and a felony probation violation. He received a chauffeured ride to the county jail.
Saturday, March 11:
1:40 a.m. – While investigating a traffic collision in the 800 block of West Spain St., a deputy asked decided to put the driver of one of the vehicles through some field sobriety tests. The driver didn’t fare well on the tests, but refused to take a preliminary alcohol screening test and refused to take a breath test. The deputy did take the man to the hospital for a blood draw. Sean Flaherty, 55, of Sonoma, was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and booked into county jail.
Thursday, March 16:
1:06 p.m. – A construction worker reported that sometime between 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., while his truck was parked unlocked in the 400 block of Fourth Street West, an unknown person helped himself to an estimated $1,500 worth of power tools.