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Wednesday’s high-speed police chase though Mendocino and Sonoma Counties apparently started with an armed robbery at a Willits motel. Ukiah Police alerted the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office that they were pursuing a car heading south on Hwy 101 going about 130 mph. Ukiah Police said the two men in the car were suspected of stealing some marijuana at gunpoint from a man at the Edgewood Motel. Deputies from Windsor drove to Highway 101 just south of Healdsburg and literally created a traffic jam, asking a semi driver to park across the road and block it. When the suspects hit the traffic, they slammed into the guardrail, and another car, although no one was seriously hurt. The two suspects from Sacramento tried to run but were caught a short time later. They were taken back to Ukiah and were each being held on $150,000 bail.

A Ukiah man killed in a crash on North State Street near Central Avenue last Saturday made what the CHP calls an unsafe turning movement that led the car to veer down an embankment and across some railroad tracks and then flip over. Nearby residents heard the crash and called 911. The CHP says in a news release they don’t yet know why Tyler Perkins lost control around 430am. They also do not yet know if alcohol may have been a factor. They say he was not wearing a seatbelt but was not thrown out.

Another Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office K9 is getting an enhanced bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation through the non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s. The vest for K9 “Chase” is sponsored by an Anonymous Donor and will be embroidered with the sentiment “Born to Love – Trained to Serve – Loyal Always”. Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks. Vested Interest in K9s provides the protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement throughout the US through private and corporate donations. The donation to provide one vest is $1,050. Last month the Sheriff’s Office announced a vest coming soon for K9 “Rex” thanks to Coburn’s Construction & Cabinetry of Willits.


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