Wade Daniel Harris: Arrested Again…and Again
Two days ago, a California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer arrested Wade Daniel Harris for possession of a dagger. Normally, that type of arrest would not be mentioned in the media. However, Harris has repeatedly been rearrested in cases going back to 2010. A look at his case provides a certain perspective on the justice system.
First, the latest arrest.
On April 13, a CHP officer was patrolling the Cutten area in response to what CHP spokesperson Matt Harvey characterized as repeated complaints from residents “of cars frequenting the area that don’t belong.” The officer saw a man sitting in a blue BMW. The officer thought the man was acting suspiciously and called in the plate.
The registration came back to Harris who is on probation. As the officer was checking up on status of Harris’ warrants, the Harris drove his BMW drove by the officer who observed that the vehicle had no front license plate. The officer followed and pulled Harris over. Harris pulled over, Harvey said, but did not turn off his vehicle. After speaking to Harris, the officer told him to shut off the ignition. Instead, Harris “placed his vehicle into drive and accelerated away.”
The officer was able to get in his patrol car and follow. The officer found Harris who was stopped. According to Harvey, the officer asked Harris why he had fled and Harris replied that he had a knife on him that he was afraid he would get in trouble for possessing. Harris told the officer where he had stashed the knife outside the vehicle. At the location indicated, the officer found a 6″ dagger in a plastic sheath.
Harris was placed under arrest. As Officer Harvey said, the man has “a long history of prior arrests and fleeing officers.”
In fact, Mr. Harris has been arrested at least once a month since the start of 2015.
- January 12 arrested for driving on a suspended license
- February 13 arrested for probation violation
- March 3 resisting arrest
- April 13 possession of a dagger
Harris was also identified by a CHP officer as the driver who fled police on February 12. He allegedly drove at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour and went the wrong way on an offramp evading pursuit. In addition, Harris has had numerous brushes with the law some of the much more serious than the minor violations listed above. At the bottom of this article are media accounts of his other alleged exploits.
Back in 2013, Harris was mentioned in a story by the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation as an example of the failure of Post-Release Community Supervision.
Another Humboldt County man, Wade Daniel Harris, was booked into county jail after brandishing a firearm and being in possession of stolen property while on Post-Release Community Supervision. Both crimes are considered non-serious under Realignment, meaning the most punishment Harris can receive is another short term in county jail. Humboldt County Sheriff Steve Knight called Harris a “problem child,” and cites multiple instances where he has been released from custody and continued to commit crimes in the community.
Harris is not an isolated example. Daniel Fidler is another example of repeated arrests that seem to accomplish little more than to temporarily remove the suspect, and the officer who must process a report of the incident, off the streets. Harris was arrested at 10:02 A.M. and was released at 1:06 P.M.
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