High-speed chase lands man in jail


A Sonoma man ended up in jail on numerous charges after leading Sonoma Police on a high-speed chase across the east side of town.

While on patrol at about 1:45 a.m. on Dec. 21, a deputy watched as a motorist ran a stop sign on First Street East and East Spain Street. The deputy tried to catch the motorist, who by now was doing about 40 miles an hour in a 25 mph zone. The motorist headed southbound on Fourth Street East and turned onto East Napa Street when he was clocked at 80 mph. He turned onto Eighth Street East and was going about 90 miles an hour before blowing through the stop light at Eighth Street East and Napa Road in excess of 100.

Another deputy was in the area and put out some spike strips which blew out three of the vehicle’s tires. The man stopped around Eighth Street East and Fremont Drive and took off running through a vineyard.

But his flight was short lived as the deputies tackled him, although he continued to resist. The deputies surmised he was under the influence but he refused field sobriety tests (FSTs), preliminary alcohol screening (PAS) and a breath test. So the deputies got a court order for a blood draw.

Jonathan Marshall, 31, of Sonoma, was arrested on charges of felony wanton evading, felony committing a felony while on bail, resisting arrest and driving under the influence, and was transported to county jail.

In other incidents reported to Valley law enforcement recently:

Wednesday, Dec. 20:

11:21 a.m. – A resident in the 19000 block of Robinson Road reported that after they left their garage door open all night, an unknown someone absconded with their $500 Trek bicycle.

5:44 p.m. – A deputy on patrol pulled over a motorist on Grove Street for having an expired registration, and later found out the motorist also had an expired driver’s license. While talking with the man, the deputy noticed signs of possible intoxication and asked the man to perform some field sobriety tests. After doing poorly on the FSTs, the man declined both a PAS and a breath test. The deputy got a court order for a blood draw. The deputy arrested John Cooke, 41, of El Verano, on charges of driving under the influence and transported him to jail.

Thursday, Dec. 21:

1:20 p.m. – After stopping to ask a deputy for directions, a motorist drove off drawing the deputy’s attention. After pulling the woman over on Broadway and Watmaugh, the deputy asked her to perform some FSTs, which she did poorly. On a PAS, the woman blew a .17 and .16, and at the police department on a breath test, she blew a .15 and .16. Denise Burrell, 62, of Pinole, was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and driving while her license was suspended for DUI. She was booked into county jail.

Friday, Dec. 22:

3:57 p.m. – A man came in to the police department to report that somewhere in the last two years, his .22 revolver went missing. It was valued at $500 to $700.

Saturday, Dec. 23:

3:57 p.m. – A woman reported that she and her boyfriend had been in a domestic disturbance. When deputies located the boyfriend on Arnold Drive and Agua Caliente Road, they saw a meth pipe in the vehicle. After arresting the man on felony domestic violence with injury and possession of drug paraphernalia, the deputy searched the car and discovered a set of nunchakus. Robert Merrill, 28, of Boyes Hot springs was also arrested on charges of felony possession of nunchakus and was transported to jail.

Tuesday, Dec. 26:

12:13 p.m. – Deputies were sent to a traffic accident on Second Street West and Andrieux Street. While talking to one of the motorists, the deputy noticed a strong odor of alcohol. He asked the woman to perform some FSTs. She did poorly on the FSTs and blew a .13 and .14 on a PAS. At the police department, she blew a .11 on a breath test. Deputies arrested Michelle Kraft, 60, of Sonoma, on charges of driving under the influence and transported her to jail.

10:28 p.m. – While sitting in his house in the 18000 block of Riverside Drive, a man heard the back door open and then saw somebody in his house. When the intruder saw the resident, he fled without taking anything.