An intoxicated Petaluma motorist who wandered off course into a cul-de-sac on MacArthur Lane at about 8 p.m. on April 14, encountered a Sonoma Valley High School administrator with years of experience confronting ill-behaved teens.
The 37-year-old motorist, now out of his white Volvo, was quite drunk, acting oddly and began threatening the administrator, who was taking out his trash, according to the police report.
Taking exception to something the administrator said, perhaps, the motorist proceeded to urinate on his car. The administrator responded by taking away the man’s car keys and calling police, who arrived promptly. There they discovered the motorist walking around talking to himself.
As a police officer approached, the motorist said, “What’s up Bro? What’s the problem.”
Noting that the suspect had a knife and a pair of scissors on his belt, the officer told him to turn around so he could be searched. Things went downhill from there, the man did not want to submit to a search or, ultimately, to being handcuffed. He also refused to perform a field sobriety test or blow into a blood-alcohol meter.
He was taken to the Sonoma Police station where he further refused to submit to a calibrated breath test, and was therefore transported to the county jail.
But during transport he began banging his head so hard against the plexiglass partition in the patrol car, the transporting officer had to stop and warn him he could be placed in maximum restraints.
The officer began driving again, the head banging began again, the officer stopped again. The warning was issued again.
The pattern was repeated one more time before the officer pulled over, waited for back-up to arrive, and then five Sheriff’s deputies forcibly attached the restraint system before he was transported to jail on charges of resisting arrest and DUI.
The administrator, meanwhile, said he had never seen the man before.
In other incidents reported by local law enforcement:
Monday, March 31:
10:48 a.m. – Welcome to Sonoma Valley. A visitor from Los Angeles reported that after he left his vehicle unlocked in the 600 block of Zinnia Court, he found that a backpack on the front seat was missing. The backpack contained an iPad mini, a Macbook pro, and the birth certificate, social security card and passport for the man’s 6-year-old son.
12:49 p.m. – Just enough time to take the TV. A resident in the 18000 block of Happy Lane left her apartment unlocked for about 45 minutes while running an errand and returned to find the front door wide open and two iPhone speakers and an older TV set missing.
2:25 p.m. – Lucky about the loss. Visitors from out of town were at a winery in the 24000 block of Arnold Drive and left their car for 20 to 25 minutes. When they returned, a rear window had been broken and someone had stolen their luggage. The luggage contained only clothing – no electronics or jewelry.
2:46 p.m. – Watch is gone, so is cleaning lady. A resident in the 2000 block of Sobre Vista Road reported that a gold Rolex watch that he inherited from his father had gone missing. The man discovered the loss on March 21. The house was locked and alarmed when the man was gone. He questioned his cleaning lady, who reportedly got upset and wanted to know if the man was accusing her of stealing the watch. She later called the man and quit. The watch in question is valued at $20,000.
Friday, April 4:
6 p.m. – A stun gun and the wrong kind of pipe. While on patrol in the area around Highway 12 and Siesta Way, a deputy pulled over a vehicle with expired registration. The deputy learned that a passenger in the car was on probation with search and seizure terms. During a subsequent search, the deputy discovered the woman had a glass smoking pipe in her possession, along with other drug paraphernalia. During a further search of the vehicle, the deputy found a stun gun which the driver was prohibited from possessing because of prior convictions. The driver, a 38-year-old male from Boyes Hot Springs, was arrested and charged with being a felon in possession of a stun gun. The passenger, a 26-year-old Boyes Hot Springs woman, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and a probation violation.
Saturday, April 5:
8:20 p.m. – Another stun gun. During a traffic stop at Cottonwood and Craig avenues, a Sheriff’s deputy noticed a strong scent of marijuana in the vehicle. The Sonoma Police K-9 was brought to the scene and validated the marijuana odor, although no significant amounts were found and the smell was attributed to recent use of marijuana in the vehicle. But the deputy did find drug paraphernalia commonly used for smoking marijuana and a stun gun that the driver was banned from owning because of prior convictions. The 32-year-old Rohnert Park resident was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and being a felon in possession of a stun gun.
Monday, April 7:
12:42 p.m. – Cashing fraudulent checks. A resident in the 300 block of Cypress Avenue reported that someone had fraudulently cashed two electronic checks out of state. One was for $214.57 at a Target store in Arizona and the second was for $255.94 at a Home Depot in Tampa, Fla.
Wednesday, April 9:
8:56 a.m. – Burning up. An employee of the Sonoma Charter School in the 17000 block of Highway 12 in the Springs, reported that sometime overnight someone entered the courtyard and burned some papers. No important school property was burned in the incident.
Thursday, April 10:
5:44 p.m. – A cart for her cannabis. During a stop of two females on bicycles who failed to stop at a stop sign at Moline Avenue and Railroad Avenue, a Sheriff’s deputy found that one of the women was on probation with search terms. No contraband was found on her but the second woman admitted to being in possession of marijuana. During a search of a cart attached to the second woman’s bike, the deputy discovered a small amount of marijuana, hypodermic needles, a glass pipe and concentrated cannabis. Melissa Montgomery, 46, of Boyes Hot Springs, was arrested on charges of felony possession of concentrated cannabis and possession of controlled substance paraphernalia.
Friday, April 11:
7:35 p.m. Don’t keep a dead deer on your lawn. A Springs man found himself in jail on marijuana cultivation charges after Sheriff’s deputies paid him a visit because of a rotting deer carcass on his front lawn.
Deputies were sent to the residence in the 100 block of Thomson Avenue on the report of a rotting deer carcass that neighbors were complaining about. When deputies arrived, the found the bloated, rotting deer carcass, knocked on the door several times and, at length the resident appeared and acknowledged that he knew about the deer, but didn’t know who to call to get rid of it.
While chatting with the resident, the deputies could smell a strong odor of marijuana, prompting them to investigate further. Inside they discovered that dozens of marijuana plants were being grown in the residence. Jame Nguyen, 47, of Boyes Hot Springs, was arrested on charges of felony possession of marijuana for sale, and felony cultivation of marijuana for sale, and was transported to county jail. There was no indication of how or why a dead deer ended up on his front lawn.
Monday, April 14:
10:45 p.m. – No light, some meth. While on patrol in the vicinity of Kelsey Court and Railroad Avenue, a deputy pulled over a bicyclist who was riding without a light. During a search, the deputy found a small amount of methamphetamine and arrested Luis Mercado, 19, of Sonoma, on charges of felony possession of a controlled substance.
Tuesday, April 15:
3:07 p.m. – Too young to toke. An 11-year-old student at Dunbar Elementary School in, the 1100 block of Dunbar Avenue, was found to be in possession of 4.3 grams of marijuana. No charges were filed, but the student was suspended and deputies had a talk with the student’s mother.
6 p.m. – Wrong place to park. Sheriff’s deputies contacted two individuals sitting in a parked car in the 2300 block of Lovall Valley Road. The deputies discovered that the driver was on probation and had his license suspended. During a search, the deputies found some methamphetamine and pipes, and morphine tablets which were attributed to the passenger. The passenger, Donald Alves, 50, of Guerneville, was arrested on two felony counts of possession of a controlled substance, while the driver, a 30-year-old Sonoma man, was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance, a probation violation and driving on a suspended license.
Wednesday, April 16:
11:33 a.m. – Drunk more or less in public. Deputies responded to a domestic incident in the 100 block of Bernhardt Avenue. When they arrived, the deputies found an intoxicated man in the front yard and saw a woman on the porch. The 26-year-old man was arrested on charges of public intoxication.