Humboldt County sheriff’s deputies arrested a 35-year-old man in McKinleyville who fled from a vehicle reported stolen by its owner in Arcata. A search of the vehicle revealed objects that the California State Parks had reported stolen. Other items that appeared stolen filled the vehicle, including camping gear, electronics, tools and prescription pills. The vehicle also contained tools commonly used to commit burglaries along with other evidence indicating that the suspect might have been selling narcotics.
According to information released by the sheriff’s office, a deputy spotted the stolen vehicle near Clam Beach Drive. A man, who appeared to be using the vehicle, ran away into the brush. Multiple deputies responded to the scene, and they found him in the bushes. After searching his person, deputies reported that he had 11.3 grams of methamphetamine in his possession.
Because of the many stolen items allegedly in the man’s possession, he now faces criminal charges for vehicle theft and possession of a stolen vehicle, other stolen property and burglary tools. His drug charges accused him of possessing a controlled substance for the purpose of selling it. He awaits his next court appearance in the Humboldt County Correctional Facility, and the stolen vehicle has gone back to its owner.
When police arrest someone, the criminal justice system typically chooses to file as many criminal charges as possible. A review of the evidence by a criminal defense attorney might confirm whether or not the charges against the individual accurately reflect what happened. An attorney may provide a person with an assessment of the case’s strength and a recommendation about how to enter a plea. To protect a person from overly aggressive prosecution, an attorney might try to get charges of drug trafficking reduced to possession or negotiate a plea deal that limits penalties.